Skooter reporting 04/13/12
A plant that content a toxic component used in certain types of herbal remedies said to cause kidney failure and upper urinary tract cancer, researchers warn.
This toxic element known as Aristolochic acid is found in Aristolochia herbal remedies, which have been used for centuries and still are used in many countries.
In Taiwan, there were 151 patients with upper urinary tract cancer were involved in the study and brought to a close that aristolochic acid is a main contributor to the incidence of this cancer in Taiwan, where the occurrence is the highest reported anywhere in the world and where Aristolochia herbal remedies are commonly used.
It was found out that 83 percent of the patients had confirmation in their kidneys of DNA changes that are linked to the plant toxin and associated with the development of cancer.
Dr. Arthur Grollman, a professor of pharmacological sciences at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, in New York said that they believe their latest research highlights the importance of a long- ignored disease that affects many individuals in Taiwan, and in China and other countries worldwide, where Aristolochia herbal remedies traditionally have been used for medicinal purposes.
In the Balkans a previous study led by Grollman and his colleagues linked the ingestion of Aristolochia clematitis also known as birthwort to widespread kidney disease.
The results of the studies indicates that public health officials are required to take action to stop kidney damage and upper urinary tract cancer related to aristolochic acid, Grollman said.
On April 9, the quality study was published online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.