A recent review article (Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2014; 1069-76) provides a good overview of herbs and liver injury; however, the NIH website http://livertox.nih.gov/ is more comprehensive.
The article notes the difficulty in assessing liver injury from herbs and dietary supplements due to the permissive regulatory environment and underreporting.
Specific products reviewed include the following:
- Weight loss supplements: hydroxycut, herbalife, green tea, usnic acid
- “Health-promoting” herbs: black cohosh, comfrey, kava
- Joint health supplements: flavocoxid, glucosamine
- Bodybuilding supplements: anabolic steroids
The article explains issues with regard to causality and the regulatory issues. However, for each of these products, I found them on the livertox website. So, that is where I would start if I needed to look up herb-induced liver injury. Reporting of adverse events can occur through FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch/default.htm or through hotline: 800-FDS-1088.
A related reference –Bad Way to Lose Weight: “SlimQuickTM-Associated Hepatotoxicity Resulting in Fulminant Liver Failure and Orthotopic Liver Transplantation” ACG Case Rep J 2014;1(4):220–222. http://dx.doi.org/10.14309/crj.2014.59. Published: July 8, 2014