Doctors said the drug might have been Jin Bu Huan
, available as tea or a pill and used as a painkiller.
It is not known where the Newcastle University graduate, who lived in digs in Ancrum Street, Spital Tongues, got the medicine, which doctors believe could have been a remedy called Jin Bu Huan
Pathologists said Jin Bu Huan could have been the remedy she had taken.
Two products appear to be implicated frequently: Jin Bu Huan was taken by 11 patients, and Dictamnus dasycarpus was taken by six patients, including both severe cases.
The plant's names in Chinese are qian ceng ta, "thousand-laid pagodas" (referring to its multileafed structure), and jin bu huan
, "more valuable than gold" (Pharmacol.
Alone and in combination with prescribed drugs, a wide variety of dietary supplements--including azarcon, greta, pay-loo-ah, chaparral, jin bu huan
, ephedrine, and many others--have been linked to severe illness, exacerbation of disease, liver damage, and even death, said Dr.
The Jin Bu Huan Anodyne Tablets was thus banned by the US Food and Drug Administration; in other countries (e.
However, extensive toxicology screens reported negative findings in urine and serum collected promptly from two severely ill children after ingestion of Jin Bu Huan Anodyne Tablets (estimated to be equivalent to 500-1700 mg of THP).
A reference pharmaceutical Jin Bu Huan Anodyne Tablets, which had been analyzed by three independent institutes and found to consistently contain 300 mg/g LEVO-THP and 700 mg/g starch (3,6,10), was obtained from Bose Drug Manufactory.
Because of the limited supply of the official chemical standard, we also made our own reference materials of THP from the Jin Bu Huan Anodyne Tablets, using the following method: 60 Jin Bu Huan tablets were dissolved in 50 mL of 900 mL/L ethanol at 50[degrees]C.
It is not known where Miss Wang was given the medicine, which doctors said could have been a remedy called Jin Bu Huan.
Jin Bu Huan is a remedy available as a tea or a pill and is said to have painkilling properties.