A CURIOUS CASE OF TOXICITY WITH HERB USED AS AN IMMUNITY BOOSTER
Kiran Dahiya*, Veena Singh Ghalaut, P.S. Ghalaut, Ragini Singh and Deepika Dalal
Use of herbal supplements is prevalent worldwide in a desire to gain health benefits without experiencing any adverse effects. The belief about use of herbs, ayurvedic and other alternative medicine is deep rooted in Indian population. The popularity of herbal products as immunity boosters has increased manifold worldwide in view of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. The herbal products may help in boosting the immune system but can also lead to unmasking of subclinical autoimmune hepatitis or producing inflammatory insult to hepatic tissue. Even well educated people including healthcare professionals are not an exception. This article reports an interesting case of chemical hepatitis in a faculty member of a medical college which got relieved with cessation of herb’s consumption only.
Keywords: Chemical hepatitis, herbal supplements, giloy, immunity booster.
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