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Herbal remedies are 'dangerous'.

TRADITIONAL Indian remedies sold on the internet frequently contain levels of lead, mercury and arsenic which exceed "acceptable standards", a study has found.

Researchers who analysed 193 randomly-selected Ayurvedic medicine products bought online found that a fifth contained worrying concentrations of the toxic metals.

The highest levels of lead and mercury were found in medicines made by the ancient practice of rasa shastra, which deliberately combines herbs with metals, minerals and gems.

Several of these Indian-manufactured remedies could result in people consuming doses of lead and mercury 100 to 10,000 times greater than acceptable limits, said the scientists.

Ayurveda is a form of traditional medicine and health philosophy that originated in India more than 2,000 years ago and relies heavily on her balproducts.

In India, an estimated 80% of the population practices Ayurveda, which incorporates healthy ways of living and diets as well as therapeutic treatments.

Ayurvedic remedies are now widely available in health food stores and online.

The two main types of Ayurvedic medicine consist of herbal-only remedies and rasa shastra treatments.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 28, 2008
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