use some Ayurvedic remedies, Health Canada warns
Jul 2005 CBC News
Canadians are warned not to use some Ayurvedic medicinal
products because of high levels of heavy metals, Health
Canada said Thursday. The products contain high levels
of lead, mercury and arsenic are being removed from the
Ayurvedic medicinal products are often imported from India
where they are used in traditional healing.Improper manufacturing
processes can result in dangerously high levels of heavy
metals in the product, Health Canada said. Heavy metals
pose a health risk because they accumulate in vital organs.
Children are particularly susceptible to heavy-metal poisoning.
Health Canada found 11 unapproved Ayurvedic medicinal
products for sale in Canada. The department includes a
list of these on its website:-
Canadians should only use Ayurvedic medicinal products
that have been authorized for sale in Canada. Consumers
should look for an eight-digit drug identification number,
a natural product number or a homeopathic drug number,
Health Canada said.
Arsenic poisoning can cause nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting,
muscle cramps, heart abnormalities, liver damage, anemia
and reduced motor - nerve function.
Lead poisoning can cause weight loss, insomnia, dizziness,
swelling of the brain and paralysis.
Mercury poisoning can cause tremors, insomnia, memory
loss, slowed sensory and motor-nerve function, and reduced