Herbal Creams May Lead to Adverse Events
EXETER, England--In the November British Journal of Dermatology (143, 5:923-9, 2000), it was found that certain herbal treatments may cause adverse dermatological events. In a review of scientific literature, E. Ernst from the University of Exeter found that some Chinese herbal creams have been repeatedly shown to be adulterated with corticosteroids, while particular Ayurvedic remedies can contain arsenic or mercury, both of which can lead to skin lesions. Ernst concluded that the adverse effects of herbal medicines are an important yet neglected subject in dermatology, and further investigation is needed. For more information, visit www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov and conduct a keyword search using PubMed.