Warning: Chinese Medicinal Formulas

Warning:

There are many different brands of Chinese medicinal formulas a.d. as with medicinal herbs, care should be taken with purchasing. Incorrectly labeled products and/or the presence of contaminants, adulterations, or substitutions have all been reported in conjunction with Chinese medicinal formulas. Contaminants s.c. as heavy metals and/or substitutions with pharmaceutical drugs (over the counter and prescription) are a serious health hazard.

The American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM) has published a list of manufactures and medicinal formulas that have been reported with adulterations and/or contaminants. The AAOM states that this list is not all-inclusive. Just because it is not on the list does not necessarily mean it is safe. Consultation with a Chinese medical practitioner is advised before purchasing any Chinese medicinal formula. The AAOM is requesting it's medical practitioners to require spectrographic proof of purity from the manufacturers before prescribing a specific patent medicine.

The following is the list published by the AAOM:

FORMULA

MANUFACTURER

REPORTED CONTAMINANT / ADULERANT

An Gong Nu Huang Wan

Tung Jen Tan Pharm Factory

Arsenic Mercury

Da Huo Luo Wan

Guangzou Chen Li Ji Pharm

Mercury

Dendrobum Moniliforme

Tientsin Pharmaceutical Manufactory

Mercury

Night Sight Pills

Tientsin Pharmaceutical Manufactory

Mercury

Niu Huang Chiang Ya Wan

Tianjin Pharmaceutical Manufactory

Mercury, Lead

Niu Huang Chiang Ya Wan

Tianjin Pharmaceutical Manufactory

Lead

Niu Huang Chiang Ya Wan

Tiantsin Pharmaceutical Manufactory

Mercury, Lead

Niu Huang Chiang Ya Wan

Peiking Tung Jen Tang

Mercury, Lead

Ta Huo Lo Tan

Beijing Tung Jen Tang

Mercury, Lead

Bi Tong Pian

Guangzhou Medicine and Health

Chlorpheniramine

Bi Yan Pian

Chung Lien Pharmaceutical Works

Acetaminophen

Farfunpeiminkam Wan

Foshan United Pharmaceutical

Chlorpheniramine

Farfunpeiminkam Wan

Bai Yun Shan Herb Factory

Chlorpheniramine

Gan Mao Ling (Yang Cheng)

United Pharmaceutical

Acetaminophen, Caffeine Chlorpheniramine

High Strength Yin Chiao

United Pharmaceutical

Acetaminophen, Pulegone Chlorpheniramine

Huang Lien Shang Ching Pian

Tianjin Pharmaceutical Manufactory

Pulegone

Ma Hsing Zhe Ke Pian

China National Native Products

Ephedrine

Marguerite Acne Pills(Peacock)

Foshan United Pharmceutical Manufactory

Sophoridane

Pe Min Kan Wan (Chu Kiang)

United Pharmaceutical

Acetaminophen, Chlorpheniramine, Phenylporpanolamine hydrochloride

Pe Min Kan Wan (Yan Jiang)

United Pharmaceutical

Acetaminophen, Chlorpheniramine, Phenylporpanolamine hydrochloride

Shen Ling Bai Zhu Pian

Tianjin Pharmaceutical Manufactory

Isoborneol

Yin Chiao Chieh Tu Pian (Yang Cheng)

Tianjin Medicine and Health

Isoborneol

Yin Chiao Chieh Tu Pian (Plum Flower)

Tianjin Medicine and Health

Pulegone

Zhi Sou Ding Chuan Wan

Tienjin Medicine and Health

Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine

Zhong Gan Ling

Tianjin Medicine and Health

Aminopyrine, Dipyrone

Possible side effects that could be encountered from using an adulterated product (as listed by the AAOM)

Severe:
Agranulocytosis (Aminopyrine, Dipyrone)
Arrhythmia (Ephedrine)
Cerebral edema (Pulegone)
Convulsions (Ephedrine)
Epilepticencephalopathy (Pulegone)
Emesis (Caffeine)
Fatal bone marrow toxicity (Aminopyrine)
Liver damage (Acetaminophen)
Liver failure (Pulegone)
Seizure (Ephedrine)
Tachycardia (Ephedrine, Phenylpropanolamine, Pseudoephedrine)

Other possible side effects:
Drowsiness (Chlorpheniramine)
Increased blood pressure (Phenylpropanolamine, Pseudoephedrine)
Insomnia (Caffeine, Mercury)
Lightheadedness (Chlorpheniramine)
Palpitations (Ephedrine, Phenylpropanolamine, Pseudoephedrine)
Restlessness (Caffeine)
Tense muscles (Caffeine)

Possible side effects that could be encountered from using contaminated products (as listed by the AAOM):

Severe Abdominal pain (Lead)
Anuri (Arsenic)
Constriction of the throat (Arsenic)
Convulsion (Arsenic)
CNS symptoms s.c. as pain and muscle weakness; acute hemolytic crisis; kidney damage, and possible Death (Arsenic, Lead)
Difficulty swallowing (Arsenic)
Dyspnea (Mercury)
Excruciating gastric pain (Arsenic)
Hematuria (Arsenic)
Muscle cramps (Arsenic)
Neurological effects s.c. as tremor, depression, irritability, emotional instability, forgetfulness, confusion (Mercury)
Oliguria (Arsenic)
Projectile Vomiting (Arsenic)
Proteinuria (Arsenic)
Severe thirst (Arsenic)
Severe diarrhea (Arsenic)
Shock (Lead, Arsenic)

Other possible side effects:

Burning lips (Arsenic)
Black stool (Lead)
Chills (Mercury)
Constipation (Lead)
Cough (Mercury)
Chest tightness (Mercury)
Diarrhea (Lead)
Metallic taste in mouth (Lead, Mercury)
Nausea (Lead, Mercury)
Thirst (Lead)
Vomiting (Lead, Mercury)
Weakness (Mercury)

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