Kava drinking in traditional settings: towards understanding effects on cognitive function - Aporosa AS, Atkins M, Brunton R.
BACKGROUND: Kava drinking is a tradition among Pacific Island people, although growing in popularity with other ethnicities. However, drinking substantial quantities of kava has raised concerns regarding physical manifestations of slow response and lack of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Vitamins for Depression
In trying to cope with the debilitating symptoms of depression, people often turn to vitamins, supplements, herbs, or home remedies first. And it’s no wonder — such efforts to alleviate symptoms are often far less expensive and easier to obtain. For some, it may be a part of their rationalization that their depression “isn’t all that bad,” if it can be treated with vitamins and supplements. Many people find relief in taking vitamins and supplements for depression. It is also one of the most well-researched topics, so we know what the science has to say about the efficacy of such treatments. Bu...
Source: Psych Central - September 3, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Depression Diet & Nutrition General Medications Miscellaneous Drugs supplements for depression vitamins for depression Source Type: news

Cases of kava impairment in Iowa drivers - Berry J, Gilbert A, Grodnitzky J.
This article demonstrates kava impairment throu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Kava kava: Benefits and safety concerns
Kava kava is an herbal remedy that people use to relieve anxiety and promote sleep. However, there are concerns about its safety, as research suggests that it can cause serious liver damage. In this article, we will discuss the safety, uses, possible benefits, and best dosage of kava kava. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Home Remedies: Herbal treatment for anxiety
Several herbal remedies have been studied as a treatment for anxiety, but more research is needed to understand the risks and benefits. Here's what we know ? and don't know: Kava. Kava appeared to be a promising treatment for anxiety, but reports of serious liver damage ? even with short-term use ? caused the Food [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 18, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Hepatotoxicity induced by "the 3Ks": kava, kratom and khat - Pantano F, Tittarelli R, Mannocchi G, Zaami S, Ricci S, Giorgetti R, Terranova D, Busard ò F, Marinelli E.
The 3Ks (kava, kratom and khat) are herbals that can potentially induce liver injuries. On the one hand, growing controversial data have been reported about the hepatotoxicity of kratom, while, on the other hand, even though kava and khat hepatotoxicity ha... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

17 Stress-Relief Gifts For Busy Moms
As a sober mom (8 years in January!) I am freaking serious about stress relief. I have to be, because I never, ever get to opt for the easy relaxation of a glass of wine or other substance to take the edge off at the end of a long day of crushing the game at home and at work.  No, these days I have to do way more time-consuming and boring stuff like meditate and exercise regularly in order to keep myself from becoming one of those frazzled moms in a stock photo whose kids are covered in like, spaghetti.  You know, this lady:  She’s just trying to talk on the phone and her kid’s on the freak...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Voodoo Medicine: Time To Stop
The world's most celebrated athlete standing on the podium in Rio in honor of receiving yet another gold medal has something important in common with your lazy uncle throwing back a cold one in his Barcalounger. Yes, swimming powerhouse Michael Phelps, purple-spotted from cupping therapy, and your slovenly relative with a beer gut both share a bond -- a weakness in succumbing to the allure of voodoo medicine. Modern-day snake oil salesmen hawking quick cures and TV doctors peddling the latest diet miracle with blatantly ridiculous claims are everywhere on the tube, social media, the supermarket and old-fashioned billboards...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 12, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Report Finds Serious Health Risks From Taking Dietary Supplements
BOSTON (CBS) – Millions of people in the U.S. use dietary supplements, but a new report may have you taking a closer look at what is in your medicine cabinet. Logan Stiner’s family has been taking on the supplement industry after the healthy 18-year old suddenly died from a powdered caffeine supplement. “He had no idea what he was doing,” says his mother, Katie Stiner. A new Consumer Reports’ investigation finds serious health risks from supplements including vitamins, probiotics, and weight loss pills. Researchers have identified 15 ingredients to always avoid, including kava, red yeast, and ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Why All Women Need To Travel Solo At Least Once In Their Life
I held my first Women's Wellness Retreat at The Warwick in Fiji in January 2015, located on its very own beach on the famous Coral Coast. Fast forward to mid-2016, and I'm preparing for Retreat No.6 at Warwick Ibah in Ubud, Bali, located on sacred royal grounds. These retreats have attracted women aged between 25-69 from all over the world and from different walks of life. Some have joined me twice, some three times, and some even four, and these are women who initially came to me saying: "I would love to join a retreat but I can't do it alone." "I have never done anything like this before but know I need ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Most Effective Workouts, According To Your Sign
We look to our horoscopes for everything from relationship advice to career tips. Why is it, then, that so many 'scopes leave out the topic of fitness? Like any other part of life, your workout can easily feel stagnant if you don't mix it up. The trick is knowing where to start. Ahead, we've rounded up the best workouts for each sign in the zodiac. If you thought sign compatibility mattered when it comes to dating, just wait. The stars have the perfect workout in store for you -- though what it is might surprise you. That said, if you prefer another sign's star-prescribed activity, that's totally cool, too. Any astrologe...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Follow the poodle? Alternatives to prescription sleep medications
A contemporary author once wrote, “The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4 a.m. knows all my secrets.” If you haven’t been sleeping well for a while, this quote might feel like your new reality. You might even find yourself tempted by the happy poodles and free-floating butterflies on TV imploring you to ask your doctor about their new drugs for insomnia. But, before answering their siren call, you pause. You notice the side effects are rattled off rapidly and are difficult to understand. You are worried about being “hooked” on them forever. You ask yourself, is there another way to ge...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - February 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Stuart Quan, MD Tags: Anxiety and Depression Behavioral Health Complementary and alternative medicine Drugs and Supplements Sleep Source Type: news

Is driving under the influence of kava associated with motor vehicle crashes? A systematic review of the epidemiological literature - Wainiqolo I, Kool B, Nosa V, Ameratunga S.
OBJECTIVE: Kava is marketed as a herbal anxiolytic in several countries and is consumed recreationally in high doses in many indigenous Pacific and Australian Aboriginal communities. We reviewed the published literature examining the association (if any) b... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 11, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

What Can CAM Do for Anxiety?What Can CAM Do for Anxiety?
From acupuncture to kava kava, a variety of CAM modalities have been suggested for management of anxiety. But what does the evidence say? Medscape Family Medicine (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - December 3, 2014 Category: Primary Care Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Clinical Case Source Type: news

AHG Silver Jubilee Events
The American Herbalists Guild Invites You to Celebrate 25 Years of Herbal Community!  The shared vision of an herbalist guild was first verbalized in the mountains of Breitenbush, Oregon, where each year a large group of professional herbalists from all parts of the nation gathered to teach, walk together in ancient forests, soak in mineral-rich hot springs and discuss issues important to herbalism... Read more about our history here. In celebration of our 25 year anniversary we will be hosting a series of Silver Jubilee weekend events at our beautiful event space at our National Headquarters in Asheville, NC.  C...
Source: American Herbalists Guild - An Association of Herbal Practitioners - February 20, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Mimi Hernandez Source Type: news

Vitamins: stop taking the pills
This article was corrected on 7 June 2013. During editing, a line in the fifth from last paragraph, beginning 'Another example is St John's wort…' was accidentally transposed, leading to the suggestion that serotonin was a medicine rather than a brain chemical.Alternative medicineHealth & wellbeingHealthCancerCancerMedical researchPharmaceuticals industryDepressionguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds     (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 7, 2013 Category: Science Tags: The Guardian Depression Pharmaceuticals industry Health Medical research & wellbeing Society Extracts Features Cancer Life and style Alternative medicine Science Source Type: news

Kava Successfully Treats Anxiety In World First Clinical Trial
A world-first completed clinical study by an Australian team has found Kava, a medicinal South Pacific plant, significantly reduced the symptoms of people suffering anxiety... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anxiety / Stress Source Type: news

World first clinical trial supports use of Kava to treat anxiety
(University of Melbourne) A world-first completed clinical study by an Australian team has found Kava, a medicinal South Pacific plant, significantly reduced the symptoms of people suffering anxiety. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 11, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Does a medicinal dose of kava impair driving? A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study - Sarris J, Laporte E, Scholey A, King R, Pipingas A, Schweitzer I, Stough C.
Overview: Increasing concerns over the potentially impairing effects of prescriptive sedative drugs such as benzodiazepines on driving have been raised. However, other alternatives such as natural medicines may also carry similar risks with respect to driv... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - January 2, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news