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Homemade herbal wine causes liver, kidney failure: Vietnamese doctor

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 16:54 GMT+7
Homemade herbal wine causes liver, kidney failure: Vietnamese doctor

Homemade herbal wine and animal bone glue wine, which are favorite alcoholic drinks in Vietnam, can cause problems in people’s liver and kidneys.

Doctor Nguyen Bach, head of the kidney and blood dialysis department of Thong Nhat Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that his agency frequently treats patients suffering liver and kidney problems after drinking those kinds of wine.

Despite not revealing treatments, he warned that the habit of drinking home-made herbal wine can cause poisoning and lead to kidney failure and pernicious decay of the body tissue of the kidney duct.  

The non-standard production and preservation of the alcoholic beverage may result in the creation of poisonous substances harmful to human health, Dr. Bach explained.

The poisons will generally cause either chronic symptoms or disease in the liver and kidney.

Often patients will display no abnormal symptoms and therefore have no adequate or timely diagnoses before it develops into diseases including cancer, Dr. Bach said.

In short, the doctor advised people not to consume herbal wine or other kinds of drink produced with animal bone glue.

It is estimated that around six million Vietnamese people, or nearly seven percent of the nation’s population, contract chronic kidney disease, according to the doctor.

It mainly results from two things, diabetes and the inflammation of the kidney.

Many young patients do not detect symptoms in their kidney at an early enough stage and so have not been diagnosed appropriately.

They only come to the hospital once it has developed to the point of chronic kidney disease, the doctor added.

The rate of patients suffering from kidney problems has resulted from the increased rate of diabetes.

In addition, climate change, environmental pollution, and food contamination also contribute to the increase in pernicious and chronic kidney diseases.




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