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TCM herbs among medicines that can damage liver if abused

ABUSE of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medicines, painkillers and herbal medicines is the major reason for drug-induced liver injury, a leading cause for acute liver failure, doctors said.

A recent research found 46 percent of patients at Ruijin Hospital's infection department, which mainly focuses on infectious diseases and liver diseases, suffered liver damage due to herbal medicine, medical experts told an international drug-induced liver injury forum in the city over the weekend.

Experts are urging the government to set up a strict monitoring and evaluation systems on medicines on the market. Such monitoring is lacking in the nation, and reporting about medicines' adverse reactions lags behind, officials said.

"Pharmaceutical research during drug development and ... after the drug is launched in the market is extremely important, while China hasn't aroused enough awareness," said Dr Chen Chengwei from Renji Hospital and the vice director of Chinese Medical Association's liver disease branch.

"In addition to chemical medicines, Chinese people's blind trust in herbal medicines, or the Traditional Chinese Medicine in the nation, is also an important cause for liver injuries," Chen said. "Chinese believe that herbal medicine doesn't any harm the body, even if it's not effective."


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