The Supreme Council for Health (SCH) in Qatar has warned against the use of Dr Ming's Herbal Tea of Chinese Angel Export and Import Company as it contains chemical element found in drug that is banned worldwide.
SCH said the product contains Sibutramine, an appetite suppressant found in weight-loss drug Reductil, which is banned all over the world as it can cause cardiovascular problems.
The chemical element is included in the tea without its mention in the provided leaflet, it said.
Frequent consumption of Sibutramine results in side effects, which include dry mouth, headache, joint/muscle pain and it can substantially increase blood pressure and pulse in some patients.
Drugs like Reductil, Meridia and Sibutrex, which contain Sibutramine, were banned by the SCH several months ago and are no longer available in Qatar.
Sibutramine chemical element is structurally related to amphetamines.