The patient, who has remained unidentified, visited her doctor due to joint pain, nausea and abdominal pains.
Doctors gave her antibiotics thinking there was a minor infection and then sent her back home. However, she returned jaundiced with symptoms that had worsened.
The girl, who is just 16, told her doctors that she had began a diet of drinking green tea that she had purchased online in an attempt to lose weight.
She said she lost a few pounds but then started feeling the pains in her joints and was sick and dizzy.
After multiple tests were carried out searching for the causes to her sickness, the doctors realized she had contracted acute hepatitis equal to an inflamed liver.
Once she stopping drinking the green tea and received intravenous fluids and other medication she recovered quickly.
While the tea was not tested for other substance, the doctors believe the tea could have contained materials that might have affected the liver function of the girl.
The doctors pointed out that green tea is for the most part very health and safe to drink with a number of antioxidant properties, but secondary additives might cause some harm.
They said other chemicals could have been added particularly in preparations for losing weight. They added that pesticides on the tea leaves could possibly cause problems for the tea drinkers.
One doctor who was not a part of the group that treated the teen said that she is concerned when people purchase tea or herbal supplements via the Internet without knowing that much about where they really came from.
People are not aware that just because it is natural does not mean it is not going to hurt you.
Many people use teas and herbs for weight loss as well as body building and do not realizes that some are very toxic since other materials are mixed in.