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    Herbal Science International recalls 12 dietary herbal supplements

    Herbal Science International is recalling 12 dietary herbal supplements nationwide because of possible health risk associated with ephedra, aristolochic acid and human placenta.

    Herbal Science International Inc. (AKA Jen-On Herbal Science International Inc.) is recalling 12 dietary supplements that contain ephedra, aristolochic acid, or human placenta because they may present a serious health hazard to consumers. The company is recalling nine products that contain ephedra, a source of ephedrine alkaloids, an ingredient sold labeled under the following brands: Wu Yao Shun Qi San, Qing Bi Tang (Nasal Cleanser), Zhong Fong Huo Luo Wan (Stroke Revito Formula), Xiao Qing Long Tang (Little Green Dragon), Ding Chuan Tang, Xiao Xu Ming Tang, Feng Shi Zhi Tong Wan (Joint Relief), Guo Min Bi Yan Wan, and Fang Feng Tong Sheng San. Ephedrine alkaloids are adrenaline-like stimulants that can have potentially dangerous effects on the heart.

    Herbal Science International is also recalling Tou Tong San (Headache Formula) and Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang (Du Huo Joint Relief), two products containing aristolochic acid. Aristolochic acid is a potent carcinogen and nephrotoxin found in certain plants and botanicals. This chemical can cause serious kidney damage and the use of products that contain aristolochic acid has been associated with several occurrences of kidney failure. These products have also been linked to an increased risk of kidney cancer in people who have consumed them. Finally, the company is recalling Seng Jong Tzu Tong Tan, a product that contains human placenta. Human placenta may transmit disease and dietary supplements that contain it may not be lawfully marketed in the United States. For more information, consumers can call the company at (626) 333-9998. Adverse events can be reported by consumers and healthcare professionals online or by phone at (800) FDA-1088.

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    Sandra Levy
    Sandra Levy is Managing Editor-Projects. She covers self care, chains and business, home care, over-the-counter medicines and Rx-to-OTC ...