Herbal Medicine in Mexico: A Cause of Hepatotoxicity. A Critical Review. [Free Full-text]

Herbal Medicine in Mexico: A Cause of Hepatotoxicity. A Critical Review.

Int J Mol Sci. 2016;17(2)

Authors: Valdivia-Correa B, Gómez-Gutiérrez C, Uribe M, Méndez-Sánchez N

Abstract
In Mexico, herbal products are commonly used as therapeutic tools. The analysis of several publications reveals that there are dozens of different herbs and herbal products used for different reasons, some of which have been implicated in causing toxic liver disease. However, methodological aspects limit the attribution of causality, and the precise incidence and clinical manifestations of herb-induced liver injury have not been well characterized. This review outlines the history of traditional herbal medicine in Mexico, critically summarizes the mechanisms and adverse effects of commonly used herbal plants, and examines the regulatory issues regarding the legal use of these products.

PMID: 26891292 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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