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The Journal of Internal Korean Medicine 2002;23(2): 222-227.
한약과 민간약물의 독성 및 부작용에 대한 고찰
이은, 박병욱, 허금정, 고흥
세명대학교 부속 한방병원 간계내과
A Study on The Side Effects and Toxicity of Herbal Medicine
Eun Lee, Byung Wook Park, Gum-Jeong Hea, Heung Ko
Department of Internal Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Se-Myung University.
Correspondence  Eun Lee ,Tel: 043-649-1901, Email: euni28@hanmail.net
Received: June 23, 2002,   Accepted: July 31, 2002,   Published online: June 30, 2002.
Although there are a few reports concerning the side effects and toxicity of herbal medicines, there has not yet been any report concerning their causes, mechanisms or prevention. We investigated the internal reports concerning the side effects and toxicity of herbal medicines. In the findings, liver disorder (hepatic injury) was found in 7 cases, kidney disorders (nephropathy) were found in 12 cases, heart disorders were found in 4 cases and mineral-caused diseases were found in 2 cases. Besides, we found the major cause of the side effects and toxicity was drug abuse, such as over-dosage and long term medication. So, we hope this report brings more attention to the safety and toxicity of herbal medicines.
Key words: toxicity of herbal medicine, hepatic injury, nephropathy
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