Polygonum Multiflorum

In: LiverTox: Clinical and Research Information on Drug-Induced Liver Injury [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; 2012.


Polygonum multiflorum is an herb native to China, extracts of which has been used for centuries as a treatment for a wide range of conditions including backache, dizziness, liver disease, graying of the hair and constipation. P. multiflorum is also known as Shou Wu Pian, He Shou Pian, Fo-Ti and Chinese knotweed. Polygonum multiflorum has been implicated in numerous reports of clinically apparent acute liver injury which can be severe and even fatal.

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