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Nephrotoxic Effect of Herbal Medicine and Supplements: A Review

Neelesh Kumar Maurya


Nowadays, alternative medicines have become a multibillion-dollar industry and continue growing. Herbal medicine is one of the primeval forms of medicine which is prepared exclusively from herbal plants. The Ayurvedic medicinal cure method is also been used as a prescription for chronic diseases such as cancer, asthma, diabetes, and end-stage renal diseases and increasing interest in European countries respectively. According to the report of world health organization (WHO), 4 billion people (80% of the world's population) use herbal medicines for some perspective of primary healthcare; approximately 25% of modern drugs used in the United States have been procured from plants. It is estimated that 11% of the total 252 medicinal drugs found in crucial medicine list of WHO are particularly of plant origin. The purpose of this study is to find out the toxic and beneficial effects of medicinal herbs on renal health by which evidence for benefit or toxicity has been found. The review aims to provide knowledge and guide to encourage future toxicity studies on the kidney by medicinal herbs.


Keywords: Nephrotoxic herb, renal, medicinal plant, Ayurvedic medicine

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Neelesh Kumar Maurya. Nephrotoxic Effect of Herbal Medicine and Supplements: A Review. Research & Reviews: A Journal of Toxicology. 2019; 9(2): 28–35p


Nephrotoxic herb, renal, medicinal plant, Ayurvedic medicine

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