The teenager came to a doctor with joint pain, nausea, and abdominal pains. Physicians run some test and gave her antibiotics for minor infection called Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and sent her home, but she came back to the emergency room with worsening symptoms.
The girl told her doctor that she’s drinking green tea bought online, because of her eagerness to lose weight.
“I had only lost a couple of pounds, but then started having horrible pains in my joints, and felt very dizzy and sick," she said.
“I was very scared when I was admitted to hospital and had lots of tests. I didn’t fully understand what was going on at the same time.”
After doing major tests, the doctor declared that she had acute hepatitis, or an inflamed liver. Once the girl stopped drinking the tea and was given intravenous fluids and medications, she quickly recovered.
“We acknowledge that green tea is predominantly a very safe and healthy drink, with antioxidant properties,” the doctors said.
But there are possibilities that it is the addition of other chemicals causing hepatotoxicity, (chemical-driven liver damage) particularly in preparations used for weight loss.
The teen later claimed that she drank 3 cups of the tea a day which she bought online. Her doctor advised not to buy again herbal supplements over the internet without knowing much about where it came from and if they are trusted and authentic.
Many people do not realize the thing that not because it’s natural, it does not mean it cannot do harm.
Source: The Health Center