"Ingredient in herbal medicines linked to urothelial cancer" - LA Times; April 9, 2012
After reading this piece in The LA Times and the reader comments, I felt compelled to post something in the discussion section. Toxicity can occur when certain herbs are taken in excess and/or combined inappropriately with other substances. The herb featured in this article, Asarum (Common English: Chinese wild ginger / Chinese pinyin: Xi Xin), is traditionally used in treating pain, cold phlegm, and oral ulcerations.
Michelle M. Ching, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.
Michelle M. Ching is a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and a nationally certified practitioner of Oriental Medicine (Dipl.O.M.). She practices in Los Angeles.