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A carcinogenic substance found in a Chinese traditional herb, Aristolochia fangchi, and in herbal weight-loss products, which has been linked to urothelial cancer and end-stage renal disease.
While the FDA issued a warning to this effect in 2001, aristolochic acid still is found in products sold in the US.
C17H11NO7, an acid derived from Aristolochia, a genus of flowering plants, and used as an herbal remedy. It is promoted as an aphrodisiac, a weight loss agent, and an anticonvulsant.
CAS # 313-67-7
CAUTION!The acid is a known carcinogen, and its use has been associated with and may cause end-stage renal disease and cancers of the urinary tract that may occur many years after usage has stopped.
See also: acid