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Kuwait bans import of highly-toxic herbal medicines
December 23, 2018, 1:53 pm
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The Ministry of Health imposed Sunday a ban on import of a number of herbal medicines due to their severe toxic nature on patients' health and life. The ministry's laboratory has detected a concentration of Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids in some herbs such as Senecio, Heliotropium, Crotalia and Trichodesma, Assistant Undersecretary for Medicine and Food Monitoring Dr. Abdullah Al-Bader said in a press release. Alkaloids are highly toxic on human bodies, affecting mostly liver and cells that would eventually lead to death, Al-Bader added.

He also pointed out that Aristolochia plant, along with its multiple species, could cause renal failure and urinary cancer, adding that another plant; Kava, also known as Piper Methysticum, has a direct impact on human nervous system, as well as toxic effect on the liver. Furthermore, Dr. Al-Bader warned of severity of purchasing such medicines without the recommendation of specialized and ministry-authorized physicians, stressing the importance of obtaining the ministry's authorization for herbal medicines. 

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