Anticholinergic poisoning due to Chinese herbal medicines

Vet Hum Toxicol. 1995 Apr;37(2):156-7.


Serious poisoning may occur following the consumption of Chinese herbal medicines (CHM) containing anticholinergics. The great majority of cases are probably related to the use of yangjinhua, the dried flower of Datura metel L, for treating bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, pains and flu symptoms. In some cases the use of CHM contaminated by atropine-like substances or fake herbs were suspected. Some ginseng (Panax ginseng) preparations might have been adulterated with Mandragora officinarum (scopolamine) and other herbs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cholinergic Antagonists / poisoning*
  • Datura stramonium
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / chemistry
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / poisoning*
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • Plants, Medicinal
  • Plants, Toxic


  • Cholinergic Antagonists
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal