Kava & Hepatotoxicity?

March 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

In my last lecture of Botanical Medicine 1 this past week, I learned more about Kava (Piper methysticum). Kava is known as “the happy herb” as it is a sedative, hypnotic, muscle relaxant, and analgesic. It is native to the islands of the Pacific Ocean and is widely consumed. There has been debate as to whether Kava is hepatotoxic (toxic to the liver). 

Here’s a link to HerbMed’s page on Kava with tons of links to articles on Kava: http://www.herbmed.org/#param.wapp?sw_page=viewHerb%3FherbID%3D110&sw_anchor=sw_anchor_categoryID_3

A link to a recent research article theorizing that the hepatotoxic (toxicity to liver) effects of Kava are possibly due to concomitant factors like mold: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.4729/abstract?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false

Another recent article concluding that “the reasons for liver failure possibly due to kava intake remain unsolved” and that it’s recommended to have periodic lab testings while ingesting kava. You can read the full article: https://www.thieme-connect.com/ejournals/html/10.1055/s-2004-815533#N70969

For those of you in Portland, you can check out Bula Kava – a kava bar! http://www.bulakavahouse.com


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