Kava-kava: A calming herb from the South Pacific© by Herbs for Health Staff
By many accounts, kava-kava--or simply kava--is an herb on the brink of Western stardom. Manufacturers of herbal products report strong public interest in kava preparations, and articles appearing in the popular press have described kava use and its effects, both good and bad.
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Kava: Is It Safe?© by Hyla Cass MD
The South Pacific herb, Kava Kava, is a best-seller — ranking ninth in
retail U.S. sales in mainstream markets in 2000 — based on its proven
ability to relieve stress, anxiety and tension. Recently kava has come
under the scrutiny of the United States Food and Drug Administration
American Botanical Council Announces New Safety Information on Kava © by Mark Blumenthal
Herbal experts are advising caution with the use of the popular herb kava.
The American Botanical Council (ABC) is suggesting that consumers follow
additional precautions when using kava, an herb used for reducing symptoms
of anxiety and stress.
Kava--Elixir of the Pacific © by Christopher Hobbs LAc, AHG
Kava is Piper methisticum Forst. from the pepper family, Piperaceae.
Depending on the area of the Pacific, Piper methisticum has been called
Kava, awa, waka, lawena, or yaqona by the people who have used it perhaps
for thousands of years.