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Woman suffers weird yellow eyes after taking herbal remedy for menopause

Saturday, 03/02/2024, 18:53 (GMT+7)

After taking a strange herbal medicine to treat menopausal symptoms, a Pennsylvania woman transformed into the signature yellow Marge Simpson character.

When a woman finds some way to relieve from menopause symptoms take a distressing turn when she experiences an unusual side effect. 

After consuming an herbal remedy, she noticed her eyes and skin turning an abnormal shade of yellow.

This unexpected outcome left her concerned about her health when used unregulated alternative remedies for menopause.

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A woman's eyes and skin suddenly turned yellow after using a herbal remedy. Image Credit: Amber Heimbach

A woman developed yellow eyes after using a herbal medicine for menopause

Amber Heimbach, 39, sought help from a doctor after experiencing symptoms ranging from mood swings to heavy bleeding. She got a prescription from the doctor, but she used another herbal medicine instead.

Heimbach said she feels quite healthy, so she has chosen natural treatments such as taking some vitamins or supplements to relieve her menopausal symptoms.

The mother of four went to a pharmacy to buy the herb black cohosh after researching it on the internet.

According to Heimbach, black cohosh is marketed as a dietary supplement that cools the body and reduces other menopausal symptoms.

Because the medicine is made from natural plants, there is no need for a prescription to take it.

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Instead of using the medicine prescribed by the doctor, the woman used another medicine instead. Image Credit: Amber Heimbach

Heimbach initially felt that the cohosh herb worked well on her body as she was able to sleep well, feel relaxed, and minimize mood problems.

However, Heimbach began having severe stomach pains and discovered that his skin and eyes had become unusually yellow.

She even thought she had turned into the cartoon character Marge Simpson, whose entire body was yellow.

The mother quickly went to the hospital for a checkup and was diagnosed with an enlarged gallbladder and unexpectedly high liver enzymes.

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Heimbach's skin also gradually turned yellow. Image Credit: Amber Heimbach

Doctors were so surprised by Heimbach's condition that they had discussions about giving her a liver transplant.

Heimbach shared that she was extremely scared because she had always been healthy and had never had to go to the hospital. But this time she was completely unaware of what was happening to her skin and eyes.

After telling doctors about using black cohosh as a natural treatment for menopausal symptoms, one of the doctors treating Heimbach emphasized that cohosh has negative effects on the liver.

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Heimbach almost needed a liver transplant after taking black cohosh. Image Credit: Amber Heimbach

How does black cohosh affect the liver?

According to research by the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) in 2020, black cohosh causes countless cases of serious liver damage with varying degrees from increased liver enzymes to acute liver failure and the most severe is death.

Heimbach gradually recovered and was discharged from the hospital

After receiving treatment and stopping the drug cohosh, Heimbach's enzyme levels returned to normal and she was discharged from the hospital.

However, her eyes and skin are still quite clearly yellow, looking like the cartoon character Marge Simpson.