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August 2001 Issue

Herbal Remedies May Add to Surgery Risk

Certain herbal remedies are of concern—possibly even dangerous—for people facing surgery, according to a new report from the Tang Center for Herbal Medicine Research and The Pritzker School of Medicine, both in Chicago. Researchers there analyzed all the medical literature published since 1966 that addressed the impact of herbs on surgical patients. They identified eight widely used herbal supplements that appear to be the most likely to lead to complications during or after surgery: Garlic and ginkgo (bleeding), ginseng (bleeding and

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