Northlanders could be among those the Director General of Health has warned about serious liver harm from taking the natural medication Arthrem.
That and other products the warning applies to contain Artemisia annua extract which is linked with liver harm. Artemisia annua extract (also known as sweet wormwood, sweet Annie or qing hao) is marketed as a natural dietary supplement for maintaining and supporting joint health and mobility.
The majority of cases of liver damage are linked to Arthrem soft gel capsules (Promisia).
Two cases also report use of GO Arthri-Remedy 1-A-Day soft gel capsules (GO Healthy).
People should be alert for nausea, stomach pain, pale stools, dark urine, itching all over, yellow eyes or skin.