Metals and metalloids in traditional medicines (Ayurvedic medicines, nutraceuticals and traditional Chinese medicines)

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Abstract

Traditional medicine (TM) including Ayurvedic medicines, traditional Chinese medicines and nutraceuticals are popular across the globe as dietary supplements and traditional and alternative medicines. Health risks from these remedies continue to present serious concerns, with occurrences of poisoning by metals and metalloids present at concentrations above acceptable regulatory standards. This review overviews the prevalence of TM use, cases of metal and metalloid poisoning following TM consumption, and forms of TM contamination and adulteration. The review summarises regulations by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other relevant bodies. Finally, the review recommends how to protect consumers.

LanguageEnglish
Pages15767-15778
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Volume26
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

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Keywords

  • Acceptable standards
  • Health risk
  • Metals and metalloids
  • Traditional medicine
  • World Health Organization (WHO)

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