Aristolochia fangchi

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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.
Synonym(s): birthwort.
[G. aristolochia, easy birth, fr. aristos, best, + locheia, childbirth]
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The manufacturer inadvertently replaced one of the herbs, Stephania tetrandra, with Aristolochia fangchi, which has a similar-sounding Chinese name.
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