A 62-year-old woman died four months after she was rushed to hospital with fluid accumulation in her abdomen — a sign of liver failure. “We, for the first time, found severe liver injury, proven using biopsy, related to the herb Tinospora cordifolia,” said hepatologist Dr Aabha Nagral, lead author of a study published in Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology, an international peer-reviewed journal published by the Indian National Association for the Study of the Liver.
Liver transplant surgeon Dr A S Soin, who wasn’t connected to the study, said he too had seen five giloy-related liver damage cases. One of his patients, too, died. “Many took to giloy during the pandemic to boost their immunity and as an antioxidant. Unfortunately, many suffered liver toxicity due to it,” he said. Except for the deaths, the other patients made full recovery a couple of months after stopping the herb.
Giloy is among the several alternative medicines recommended by the Ayush ministry as an immune booster against the Covid-19-causing SARS-CoV-2.
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