Lead Toxicity Following a Novel Method of Consumption as a Tea Preparation Using Vermillion for Arthralgia: A Case Report

In remote areas of India, folk medicine by local unregistered practitioners is quite common. Such practitioners use Sindoor or Vermillion, or Kumkum in their medicinal preparations to cure chronic ailments like joint pain, infertility, asthenia, impotence, and immunological disorders.

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Research Article

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Keshao Nagpure, Krishnadutt Chavali, Rupjyoti Medhi, Swapnil Akhade

Time Frame

2021

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In remote areas of India, folk medicine by local unregistered practitioners is quite common. Such practitioners use Sindoor or Vermillion, or Kumkum in their medicinal preparations to cure chronic ailments like joint pain, infertility, asthenia, impotence, and immunological disorders. Traditional Indian Vermillion is prepared using lime (calcium component) mixed with various natural ingredients like camphor, oil, agaru, sandalwood paste, and turmeric. However, modern-day commercial Vermillion contains Lead tetroxide. The use of such lustrous synthetic Vermillion that contains Lead salts in folk medicine may cause Lead intoxication among the consumer tribal population.

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Publication Type

Research Article

Experts

Keshao Nagpure, Krishnadutt Chavali, Rupjyoti Medhi, Swapnil Akhade

Time Frame

2021