Lead-poisoning case linked to Ayurvedic supplements renews concerns about herbal remedies

Many people who turn to traditional herbal remedies to treat their aches and pains believe that even if the treatment turns out to be ineffective, it will at least be harmless.

But that’s not necessarily true, as underscored by a recent case study published in the journal BMJ Case Reports.

The report, written by medical student Amelia Breyre and Dr. Judith Green-McKenzie, both of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, describes how a 26-year-old man — a graduate student at the university — developed a serious case of lead poisoning after being treated for low back pain with four different Ayurvedic herbal medicines while vacationing in India. He had continued to take the medicines after he returned to Pennsylvania.

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