Kava: a test case for Canada's new approach to natural health products
- Kava: Safe Serenity or Dangerous Dope? Stoppani, Jim // Joe Weider's Muscle & Fitness;Jul2003, Vol. 64 Issue 7, p52
Addresses the safety issue surrounding kava or piper methyscticum, a herb that promotes relaxation and used in treating anxiety. Key ingredients of kava; Reason for the kava ban in Canada, Australia and other European countries; Number of suspected deaths and liver disease associated with kava...
- In Vitro Toxicity of Kava Alkaloid, Pipermethystine, in HepG2 Cells Compared to Kavalactones. Nerurkar, Pratibha V.; Dragull, Klaus; Chung-Shih Tang // Toxicological Sciences;May2004, Vol. 79 Issue 1, p106
Kava herbal supplements have been recently associated with acute hepatotoxicity, leading to the ban of kava products in approximately a dozen countries around the world. It is suspected that some alkaloids from aerial kava may have contributed to the problem. Traditionally, Pacific Islanders use...
- Kava: A Polynesian gift for anxiety, tension, and insomnia. Dolby, Victoria // Better Nutrition;Jun96, Vol. 58 Issue 6, p26
Presents information on therapeutic South Pacific herb called kava. Discovery by Captain James Cook; Ability to induce mental relaxation and feelings of well-being; Side effects; Results of clinical trial comparing kava with a placebo in patients with anxiety syndrome; Precautions.
- Natural tranquilizers? Cerrato, Paul L. // RN;Dec98, Vol. 61 Issue 12, p61
Reviews the possible benefits and adverse effects of herbal therapies, kava and valerian. Anxiety-relieving effects of kava; Use of valerian as mild tranquilizer and sleeping aid for hundred years; Discovery of compounds in valerian that cause central nervous system depression and muscle...
- Kava: a safe soother. Cohen, Sharon // Shape;Jan2001, Vol. 20 Issue 5, p33
Reports on the finding that doses of kava for up to 300 milligrams a day are effective and safe for treating anxiety.
- NY TIMES QUESTIONS HERBS. // American Herb Association Quarterly Newsletter;Summer2003, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p7
Reports on the potential adverse effects of herbal medicine. Effect of kava plant and aristolochia on urothelial cancer; Effect of valerian on insomia and echinacea.
- Research Reviews. Assessment of Clinical Data on Hepatotoxicity Associated with Kava Use. Oliff, Heather S. // HerbalGram;Feb-Apr2011, Issue 89, p30
The article reviews the article â€œKava Hepatotoxicity. A Clinical Review, by R. Teschke in a 2010 issue of "Ann Hepatol."
- Kava safety questioned due to case reports of liver toxicity. Blumenthal, Mark // HerbalGram;Summer2002, Issue 55, p26
Examines the potential hepatotoxicity of kava plant. Background of kava; Evaluation of kava adverse event reports; Cases of liver toxicity associated with kava; Kava safety and precautions.
- Are Kavalactones the Hepatotoxic Principle of Kava Extracts? The Pitfalls of the Glutathione Theory. Schmidt, Mathias // Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine;Apr2003, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p183
Comments on a study on the hepatotoxicity of kava extracts. Background of toxicologic studies with kava extract and isolated kavalactones; Details on kavalactone-free preparations; Information on the acute toxicity of kavalactones in animal experiments.