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J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2001 Jan;16(1):115-7.

Acute hepatitis induced by Shou-Wu-Pian, a herbal product derived from Polygonum multiflorum.

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Department of Gastroenterology, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


Herbal preparations are widely available and generally regarded by the public as harmless remedies for a variety of medical ailments. We report the first case in Australia of acute hepatitis associated with the Chinese herbal medicine Shou-Wu-Pian, prepared from Polygonum multiflorum. Cholestatic hepatitis developed in a Chinese woman taking this preparation for the greying of her hair, and liver biopsy was consistent with a toxic reaction. Clinical and biochemical resolution occurred following cessation of the drug.

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