* *ADVISORY* *Fo-ti may cause hepatitis. There have been several cases of liver damage, from elevated liver function tests to jaundice and hepatitis in patients taking products containing fo-ti. Preparations have frequently been found to contain unlisted toxic ingredients, whether due to poor quality control or deliberate adulteration.
CONCLUSION:We cannot recommend this product for use in treating constipation or promoting vitality. We do not recommend this supplement for any patient population.
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