Toxins in herbal medicines 'can harm our health'

Research from the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) reveals that certain complementary medicines, especially Ayurvedic treatments – an Indian traditional medicine – may contain high levels of arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead.
All of these heavy metals are toxic to humans, and long-term exposure to them has been linked to cancer, diabetes, blindness and organ damage, Dr Shankar Bolan of CRC CARE will tell the CleanUp 2015 conference in Melbourne today.

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