Three cases of lead toxicity associated with consumption of ayurvedic medicines

A. Raviraja, G. N. Vishal Babu, Anusha Sehgal, Robert B. Saper, Innocent Jayawardene, Chitra J. Amarasiriwardena, T. Venkatesh

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Ayurveda is a traditional form of medicine used by majority of the Indians. Here we report three cases of lead toxicity, following intake of Ayurvedic medicines. Three patients presented with blood lead levels (BLLs) of 122.4, 115 and 42.8 μg/dl respectively at the time of hospitalization. The first case was chelated with D- penicillamine, the second with calcium disodium ethylene diamino tetra acetate (EDTA) and the third with environmental intervention and education. Associated Ayurvedic products were collected from patients and analyzed for metallic concentration. Cessation of Ayurvedic medication along with chelation, nutritional intervention and education, reduced the BLL to 27.4 μg/dl in the first case after 1 year, 21.1 μg/dl after 9 months in the second and 18.2 μg/dl after 6 months in the third case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-329
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Abdominal pain
  • Ayurvedic medicine
  • Blood lead level
  • Chelation
  • Lead toxicity


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