British Columbians are advised to get rid of any products from A1 Herbal Ayurvedic Clinic in Surrey since they could pose serious health risks because of lead poisoning.
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) says Fraser Health issued a closure order for the clinic following an inspection and found the ayurvedic products contain lead and mercury and are not authorized for sale by Health Canada.
Health Canada seized products, ingredients and equipment from the clinic.
On its website, HealthLink BC says ayurvedic medicine “is a healthy-lifestyle system that people in India have used for more than 5,000 years. Ayurveda emphasizes good health and prevention and treatment of illness through lifestyle practices (such as massage, meditation, yoga, and dietary changes) and the use of herbal remedies.”
The BCCDC says if you bought products from this clinic and have concerns for your health, you should see a physician and let them know what you have taken.
Symptoms of lead poisoning include anemia, headaches, irritability, slow thinking, constipation, stomach pain and miscarriages and stillbirth for pregnant women.
The BCCDC says most ayurvedic products or other traditional remedies and ingredients are imported from overseas.
The organization says many products can be used safely, but some ingredients are poorly described or are not listed on the label and make it hard to know how it will affect a user’s health.