A man has been charged with the killing of mistlefoil herbs, which were used to treat ailments such as gout and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Authorities in New Mexico said Monday they had charged 25-year-old Mark Michael Lee with murder, a first-degree felony.
Lee’s lawyer declined to comment.
He was being held at the Los Alamitos County Jail on $2 million bail.
Mistletoe was a popular herb in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and North Africa.
The herb is believed to have helped treat conditions such as arthritis, gout, rheumatism, asthma, and chronic exhaustion syndrome.
It is also used in Chinese medicine.
It has also been used as an anti-inflammatory and an antiemetic, and as an herbal remedy in Chinese traditional medicine.