Today the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has warned that the herbal weight loss pill, Herbal Flos Lonicerae (Herbal Xenicol), may be responsible for some serious side effects in users.
Side effects include heart palpitations (irregular heart beat). One user ended up in hospital after suffering complications caused by the weight loss drug. Other patients have suffered severe gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach) and abdominal pain, as well as insomnia after taking the capsules.
The product is sold on the Internet and also in some Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) shops.
At the moment it is still not know what substance or chemical in Herbal Xenicol is causing the problems, tests are still being carried out. Users are strongly advised to stop taking any Herbal Xenicol / Herbal Flos Lonicerae immediately and make an appointment to see their doctor. It is also advisable to discard any pills that may still be stored away at home.
Statement by Richard Woodfield, MHRA Head of Herbal Medicines Policy
“Since 2005, the MHRA has found over 280 examples where so-called ‘herbal’ or ‘natural’ products have been adulterated with random quantities of powerful pharmaceutical substances. Such products pose a real risk to the public.
It is situations such as this one that the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) scheme is being introduced and why EU legislation has been changed in order to regulate herbal medicines.
People have a right to know that what they are putting into their bodies to treat one condition will not directly cause a possibly more severe one simply as a result of very poor practice in parts of the sector.
The THR scheme will make it possible to give people clear advice on which herbal products are safe to use, and provide an assurance that they were made in adequate conditions, and to the necessary standard.”
Herbal Flos Lonicerae (Herbal Xenicol) Natural Weight Loss Formula is developed by Bitter Orangs Trade CO. Ltd and Chinese Scientific Academy.
Weight loss pills are really not recommended without a prescription. Regular exercise and careful dieting is not only the healthiest way to lose weight but also the most effective.
You can learn more about weight loss pills here. If you would like to keep up to date with the MHRA then visit their website: www.mhra.gov.uk