These products have both caused serious adverse reactions.
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) in Singapore is alerting
members of the public not to purchase or consume two traditional Chinese
medicinal products which have been found to contain undeclared western medicinal
ingredients, including a potent steroid. The products, WAN LING REN SEM CHIN
KUO PILL and CHONG CAO DAN have both caused serious adverse reactions in people
who have consumed them.
The report from the HSA states ‘‘WAN LING REN SEM CHIN KUO
PILL’ and ‘CHONG CAO DAN’ were promoted as traditional Chinese medicine,
carrying claims that they contain herbal ingredients to help with a number of
conditions such as pain, numbness of the limbs and blood circulation. However,
the undeclared potent western medicinal ingredients in the products can pose
serious health risks to consumers, especially when taken over a prolonged
period without medical supervision.’
The full report is available here
While these products were purchased in Malaysia, we would
advise people in the UK to remain vigilant, given the possibility that they may
also have been available for purchase over the internet. Anybody who has
purchased or used these products is advised to contact their doctor.
Finally, a reminder to be wary if you are
considering purchasing any treatments or remedies over the internet. Any
products that claim to produce miraculous results for long term conditions should
be treated with caution. It can also be difficult to determine the source of
these products as well as what ingredients they actually contain. The Psoriasis
Association would advise that you consult your GP, Dermatologist or
Rheumatologist for reliable and accurate medical advice.