Kava Kava (Piper methysticu) has been used for hundreds of years as a relaxing drink in Oceania. Some use Kava to relieve temporary (non-psychotic) anxiety and to promote better sleep.
Some of kava’s active ingredients are kavapyrones (kavalactones), which have an effect on the human body similar to consuming alcohol, and have effects that are relaxing and analgesic (pain reducing).
We provide the following advisory issued by the FDA in 2002: 'The FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) notified healthcare professionals and consumers of the potential risk of severe liver injury associated with the use of kava-containing dietary supplements. Supplements containing the herbal ingredient kava are promoted for relaxation (e.g., to relieve stress, anxiety, and tension), sleeplessness, menopausal symptoms and other uses. Kava-containing products have been associated with liver-related injuries, including hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver failure. Given these reports, persons who have liver disease or liver problems, or persons who are taking drug products that can affect the liver, should consult a physician before using kava-containing supplements.
For additional information and clinical studies on these three herbs, please visit our informational public service website at remedysnutrition.org.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.