Kava: Safe Serenity or Dangerous Dope?

Stoppani, Jim
July 2003
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 consumption; Recommendations on using kava or kava-containing products.


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