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Acute liver failure associated with the use of herbal preparations containing black cohosh

Michael Thomsen, Luis Vitetta, Avni Sali and Matthias Schmidt
Med J Aust 2004; 180 (11): 598-600.
Published online: 7 June 2004

Michael Thomsen,* Luis Vitetta, Avni Sali, Matthias Schmidt§

  • Michael Thomsen1
  • Luis Vitetta2
  • Avni Sali3
  • Matthias Schmidt3

  • 1 and Director of Research
  • 2 Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Swinburne University, 9 Frederick Street, Hawthorn, VIC 3122
  • 3 Society of Nutritional Medicine and Dietetics, Harsewinkel, Germany.


Competing interests:

Michael Thomsen had paid consultancy in 2003 with Phytomedicine Pty Ltd, which has a product containing black cohosh; he has no stock, stock options or other financial interests in Phytomedicine Pty Ltd. Michael Thomsen is a director of HerbResearch Pty Ltd, which sells herbal medicines but does not currently have any products containing black cohosh.

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