Contrib Nephrol 2021 Aug 3;199:1-12. Epub 2021 Aug 3.
Departamento de Nefrología y Metabolismo Mineral, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán, Mexico City, Mexico.
An estimated one-third of adults in developed countries and more than 80% of the population in many low- and middle-income countries use herbal and traditional medicines to promote health or for the treatment of common diseases. Herbal medicines can cause kidney damage as a result of intrinsic toxicity, adulteration, contamination, replacement, misidentification, mistaken labeling, and unfavorable herb-drug interactions. The kidneys, due to their high blood flow rate, large endothelial surface area, high metabolic activity, active uptake by tubular cells, medullary interstitial concentration, and low urine pH are particularly vulnerable to development of toxic injury in the form of different syndromes like acute kidney injury, nephrolithiasis, chronic interstitial fibrosis, or uroepithelial cancer. Read More