September 1997 Issue

Chaparral Link to Liver Damage Revisited

Simply because a dietary supplement is "natural" doesn't mean it's safe. That's what at least 13 people learned the hard way, after taking chaparral (Larrea tridentata), an evergreen desert shrub found in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. Whether the herb alleviated their arthritis, allergies, asthma and skin conditions, helped them lose weight, or "cleansed" their blood, as it claims to do, is not known. What is known is that this folkloric Native American

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