Woman hospitalised after New Year detox causes life-threatening health complications
A woman has been hospitalised after developing a potentially life-threatening health complication as a result of a New Year detox gone wrong.
The patient (47) from the UK had been drinking lots of fluids and ingesting herbal remedies to kick start the year and was admitted to A&E in Milton Keynes suffering from confusion. Her family members reported that she had also been grinding her teeth and was demonstrating uncharacteristic behaviour. The woman later collapsed and suffered a seizure in hospital an hour after being admitted.
According to online journal BMJ Case Reports, the patient had been taking herbal remedies for various minor symptoms and was regularly consuming milk thistle, molkosan, l-theanine, glutamine, vitamin B compound, vervain, sage tea, green tea and valerian root.
It was later revealed that the patient was suffering from a condition known as hyponatraemia - a potentially life-threatening condition brought about by an abnormally low level of sodium in the blood, which doctors believe was a result of an over consumption of valerian root.
The doctors also linked a similar case, in which a man suffered severe hyponatraemia, to ingestion of valerian root.
A warning has now been issued to advise people of the dangers that can be posed by extreme New Year detoxes.
"Valerian root has now been suspected in two cases associated with severe, life-threatening hyponatraemia and healthcare professionals should be vigilant to this," they explained.
The medical professionals also warned people not to be duped by ‘all-natural’ labels, as even natural herbs can have certain dangerous implications to health.
"The complementary medicine market is very popular and the concept of the New Year ‘detox’ with all-natural products is appealing to those less concerned with evidence-based medicine and more with complementary medicine."
"Excessive water intake as a way of ‘purifying and cleansing’ the body is also a popular regime with the belief that harmful waste products can thus be washed from the body."
"Despite marketing suggesting otherwise, all-natural products are not without side effects."