You Should Know

April 2000 Issue

Be Wary of Chinese Herbs, American-Style

Many of us are just now becoming comfortable with the presence of Western herbs like echinacea, St. John's wort and saw palmetto on drug store shelves. Are we ready for Bai-shu atractylodes, Wen curcuma, Sichuan lavage and other traditional Chinese herbs? Metabolife is betting on it. The company (infamous for its weight-loss product containing the dangerous herb ephedra) includes these and other exotic herbs in its new Chinac line of Chinese herbal formulas:

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