Mineral Arsenicals in Traditional Medicines: Orpiment, Realgar, and Arsenolite

@article{Liu2008MineralAI,
  title={Mineral Arsenicals in Traditional Medicines: Orpiment, Realgar, and Arsenolite},
  author={Jie Liu and Yuanfu Lu and Qin Wu and Robert A. Goyer and Michael P. Waalkes},
  journal={Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics},
  year={2008},
  volume={326},
  pages={363 - 368}
}
Mineral arsenicals have long been used in traditional medicines for various diseases, yet arsenic can be highly toxic and carcinogenic. Arsenic in traditional medicines typically comes from deliberate addition for therapeutic purposes, mainly in the form of mineral arsenicals, including orpiment (As2S3), realgar (As4S4), and arsenolite (contains arsenic trioxide, As2O3). Inorganic arsenic is now accepted in Western medicine as a first line chemotherapeutic agent against certain hematopoietic… 

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