Aristolochia fangchi | definition of Aristolochia fangchi by Medical dictionary
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A·ris·to·lo·chi·a fang·chi (ă-ris'tō-lō'kē-ă fahng'kī)
An extremely toxic preparation (aristolochic acid is the active ingredient) that causes cancer and hepatic disease; appears in some Chinese traditional medicines and compounds; reported one of the most dangerous of all herbal agents.
[G. aristolochia, easy birth, fr. aristos, best, + locheia, childbirth]
References in periodicals archive
Viljoen, "Differentiation between two "fang ji" herbal medicines, Stephania tetrandra and the nephrotoxic Aristolochia fangchi
, using hyperspectral imaging," Phytochemistry, vol.
The Chinese herb, Aristolochia fangchi
, was given to patients at a weight-loss clinic in Belgium.
That report indicated that the Chinese herb Aristolochia fangchi
, used in America for weight loss, can damage kidneys and may cause several different forms of cancer.
It was concluded that one of the botanicals (Stephania tetrandra) had been inadvertently substituted with Aristolochia fangchi
(a botanical known to contain aristolochic acid), because of the close similarity in the Chinese names.