Incidence of herb-induced aconitine poisoning in Hong Kong - Impact of publicity measures to promote awareness among the herbalists and the public
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AbstractBackground: In Hong Kong 'chuanwu' (the main root of Aconitum carmichaeli) and 'caowu' (the root of Aconitum kusnezoffii) are used by herbalists to treat patients with various musculoskeletal disorders. These aconite roots contain aconitine, mesaconitine and hypaconitine, which are neurotoxins and cardiotoxins. During 1989 to 1991, 31 patients were treated in public hospitals because of poisoning by aconite roots and there were two deaths from ventricular arrhythmias. In late 1991, healthcare officials together with cardiologists held a press conference to warn the public, healthcare professionals and herbalists of the potential toxicity of aconite roots. The risk of ventricular arrhythmias and the need for urgent medical attention were highlighted. An information leaflet was also sent to hospital doctors. Since 1992, the topic was covered periodically in the local newspapers, medical journals and continuing medical education programmes.
All Author(s) ListChan TYK
Journal nameDrug Safety
Volume Number25
Issue Number11
Pages823 - 828
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Web of Science Subject CategoriesPharmacology & Pharmacy; PHARMACOLOGY & PHARMACY; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health; PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, SCI; Toxicology; TOXICOLOGY

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