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TCM compound called risky

DOCTORS are warning people regularly taking certain popular traditional Chinese compounds for eliminating toxins from the body and weight loss because the compounds can result in a benign colon disease.

They also can make the colon vulnerable to serious complications like tumors and cancer, the doctors said.

Officials from Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said the city will begin a new task - evaluating the safety and effects of drugs on the market.

A microblog showed two pictures of the same colon before and after taking an aloe compound for a year. One showed a healthy colon, while the colon wall in another was black due to a condition called melanosis coli. Doctors said some TCM compounds are actually laxatives with rhubarb, the top cause for melanosis coli.


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