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With a rise in the use of complementary and alternative medicine all around the globe , this review article coming from China sheds light on the quality of Herbal medicines. Herbal medicines may have adverse events, which are attributable to poor quality of the products.
Mercury, arsenic and lead are the most commonly detected heavy metals that contaminate herbal materials. Insecticides, fungicides and herbicides also are a notable source of contamination.
The author discusses a range of solutions to the quality problems including implementation of Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).This study confirms that the general opinion that herbal medicines are harmless, healthy, pure, biological and without adverse events is a myth.