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"A German pharmacologist, in a newly published case series, discusses the risks of taking a popular Chinese "herbal" slimming capsule. The report highlights some of the common themes I have discussed often on this blog. The capsules are marketed as "dietary supplements" and the public is meant to be reassured by the fact that the "supplements" are herbal. However this is just a marketing fiction. Herbs are drugs and herbs sold as supplements are not supplements but poorly regulated drugs.The slimming capsules in question contained the drug sibutramine — which is a stimulant like amphetamine. In fact they contained twice the recommended daily maximum of this drug for prescription use." Article by Steven Novella MD Neurologica Blog (8th April 2009)