Health Canada Advises Not To Use Jie Jie Pills, Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan

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Health Canada is advising consumers not to use Jie Jie Pills and Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan due to concerns about possible side-effects.

Jie Jie Pills and Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan are proprietary Chinese medicines that have been found to contain aristolochic acid, a natural toxin known to cause kidney failure and cancer in humans.

Jie Jie Pills are black in colour and are contained in a bottle bearing a green label with red Chinese lettering. The bottle is enclosed in a box bearing a green label and the product name.

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The Hong Kong Department of Health and the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have advised against the use of the product Jie Jie Pills because it has been found to contain aristolochic acid, a natural toxin known to cause kidney failure and cancer in humans.

In addition, a recent article in the journal Clinical Toxicology reported that the product Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan is contaminated with aristolochic acid.

Documented reports show that aristolochic acid has the potential to induce kidney failure and cancer in humans.

Herbs containing aristolochic acid are restricted in Canada because of their known toxicity.

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