Re WDDTY vol 14 no 3, some years ago the amino-acid L-tryptophan was sold in healthfood stores and used by thousands of people for sleep and stress-related problems. Sadly, L-tryptophan was taken off the market
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...
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.
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...
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.