Traditional Chinese medicines contain some surprises

Many contain NSAIDs, anti-inflammatories and even banned products

People who take traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) in the belief they are natural and safe may be shocked to discover some products are pumped up with steroids, hormones and banned diet drugs, according to toxicologists.

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A review of 487 Chinese medicines suspected of adulteration found that rather than ancient herbal remedies, most contained modern, pharmaceutical-grade anorectics, stimulants and anti-inflammatories.

Toxicologists at Princess Margaret Hospital, Hong Kong, analysed proprietary medicines that had been implicated in adverse events, including 14 severe