A case of mistaken identity: herbal medicine as a cause of lead toxicity

Am J Ind Med. 1991;20(6):795-8. doi: 10.1002/ajim.4700200611.


Folk remedies can be a significant unrecognized source of lead toxicity. This case report of lead toxicity due to Indian traditional herbal medicine illustrates that suspecting only occupational sources for lead poisoning in adults may mask a true source of lead exposure.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • India
  • Lead / adverse effects
  • Lead / blood
  • Lead Poisoning / blood
  • Lead Poisoning / etiology*
  • Male
  • Medical History Taking
  • Medicine, Ayurvedic
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Psoriasis / drug therapy


  • Lead