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September 01-02, 2022 | Online Event
ICTM 2019

Systematic review of published data on herb induced liver injury (HILI)

Jung Hwan Byeon, Speaker at Traditional Medicine Congress
Daejeon University, Korea, Republic of
Title : Systematic review of published data on herb induced liver injury (HILI)


Herbal products have been widely used as a means of ethnomedicine worldwide. Recently, the potential hepatotoxicity of herbs has become a medical issue but comprehensive studies are limited. I tried to determine the clinical features of herb induced liver injury (HILI) including its constituent ratio among liver injury case cohorts that included both HILI and drug induced liver injury (DILI). A systematic review was conducted using a literature search for DILI/HILI in seven electric databases including PubMed, Cochrane and Embase. I analyzed the DILI/HILI cases and clinical characteristics in terms of herbs, conventional drugs, concomitant, or others. Thirty-one studies met the necessary criteria and included 9 prospective and 22 retrospective studies. Among total number of overall DILI/HILI cases (7,511, male 2,819, female 3,669 and unknown 1,023), 25.0% (1,874 cases) were implicated in herbs. HILI was relatively higher in females (69.8% vs. 30.2% male), compared to conventional drugs (57.3% female vs. 42.7% male, p < 0.01), while it was prone to induce hepatocellular injury (hepatocellular 78.8%, cholestatic 8.9%, mixed type 12.3%), contrary to conventional drugs (hepatocellular 56.7% vs. cholestatic 22.1% vs. mixed 21.2%), respectively (p < 0.01). The main herbs causing HILI included Polygonum multiflorum, Psoralea corylifolia, Corydalis yanhusuo, and Rheum officinale. My systematic review study created the comparative and comprehensive feature of hepatotoxicity by herbal products, which provides reference data for the clinical applications of herbs.


Dr. JungHwan Byeon earned his bachelor’s degree at the age of 24 years from Daejeon University School of Korean Medicine. He is the director of Oriental Medicine in Dundeok-myeon health center. In 2019, he has published a paper as a first author in Journal of Ethnopharmacology (IF : 3.115).