The toxic substance was found in a product called Niu-Huang Chieh-tu-pien, which is claimed by online vendors of traditional Chinese medicine to cure numerous conditions, including toothache, skin infections, anorexia and fever in infants, the report added.
The report further stated that the said product is also sold under the Indian names Divya Kaishor Guggulu and Chandraprabha Vati.
Leif Busk, a toxicologist at the National Food Agency, said "The recommended dose provides a daily amount of inorganic arsenic which in a worst case scenario equals half a lethal dose."
The image above shows the appearance of arsenic.
The Herb Products
Niu-Huang Chieh-tu-pien, used as a traditional herb in China, is applied in treatment of sore throat, toothache, ulcers in tongue and mouth, sore eyes, constipation etc. induced by excessive internal heat. It possesses the superiority of lower dosage and rapid effectiveness and has own a broad popularity.
Divya Kaishor Guggulu is an ayurvedic formula for blood cleanse. It is an active blood purifier and helps to take care of skin diseases. Kaishor guggulu is the main ingredient of this herbal product that helps in the purification of the blood.
Chandraprabha Vati is a unique blend of natural herbs that helps in the treatment of urinary diseases. It is a natural cure for urinary tract infection as it is made up of natural herbs and is safe and effective. It helps in reducing and eliminating all the signs and symptoms associated with urinary tract infection. This product consists of natural remedies for UTI and it also helps to eliminate infective signs and symptoms quickly and effectively. It reduces itching, burning and inflammation of the urinary organs.
Wikipedia's definition of arsenic:
Arsenic is a chemical element with symbol As and atomic number 33. Arsenic occurs in many minerals, usually in conjunction with sulfur and metals, and also as a pure elemental crystal. It was first documented by Albertus Magnus in 1250. Arsenic is a metalloid. It can exist in various allotropes, although only the gray form has important use in industry.
The main use of metallic arsenic is for strengthening alloys of copper and especially lead (for example, in car batteries). Arsenic is a common n-type dopant in semiconductor electronic devices, and the optoelectronic compound gallium arsenide is the most common semiconductor in use after doped silicon. Arsenic and its compounds, especially the trioxide, are used in the production of pesticides, treated wood products, herbicides, and insecticides. These applications are declining, however.
Arsenic is notoriously poisonous to multicellular life, although a few species of bacteria are able to use arsenic compounds as respiratory metabolites. Arsenic contamination of groundwater is a problem that affects millions of people across the world.
News report source: AFP