After suffering from headaches, nausea and abdominal pain, a 16-year-old girl from England was diagnosed with urinary tract infection. As her antibiotic therapy and home treatment didn’t make her feel any better, the initial diagnosis fell through. When her symptoms worsened after 2 doses, she underwent another examination, and this time was diagnosed with jaundice.
As soon as the doctors started investigating the circumstances that led to her condition, they found out that the girl had been drinking Chinese green tea for weight loss, bought on the Internet for a few months in a row. Since the dosage instructions were all in Chinese language, she drank 3 cups a day.
She was given proper therapy. Her parents brought the tea for further examination, and the findings were striking – the tea contained an ingredient called “Camellia sinensis,” an evergreen herb used for tea which often causes hepatitis in girls.