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Lead in Ayurvedic medicines.

Of 230 Ayurvedic medicines purchased online in 2005, nearly all from U.S. Web sites, one out of five had lead, mercury, and/or arsenic that exceeded daily limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or other authorities. Ayurvedic medicine is a traditional medical system used by a majority of India's population and followed by many people in the West.

"Rasa shastra" medicines--which are made by combining herbs and metals--were more likely to be contaminated than non-rasa-shastra medicines.

What to do: If you use Ayurvedic medicine, go to for the list of medicines with high levels of toxic metals.

J. Am. Med. Assoc. 300: 915, 2008.
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Date:Oct 1, 2008
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