A report based on a study published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology, a peer-reviewed journal of the Indian National Association for the study of the liver, has said that intake of giloy has resulted in liver failure in six patients.
The ministry in a statement said that it feels that the authors of the study failed in placing all needful details of the cases in a systematic format.
“Apart from this, relating giloy or TC to liver damage would be misleading and disastrous to the traditional medicine system of India as herb guduchi or giloy has been used in ayurveda since long. The efficacy of TC in managing various disorders is well established,” it said.
“There are many studies that point out that identifying the herb not correctly could lead to wrong results. A similar-looking herb Tinosporo Crispa might have a negative effect on the liver. So, before labelling a herb, such as giloy, with such toxic nature, the authors should have tried to correctly identify the plants following the standard guidelines, which they did not. Other than this, the study has many flaws,” the ministry said. ani