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Kava is the dried root of a plant found on islands in the western
Pacific Ocean. The roots are ground and steeped in water, which is then
strained and served as a relaxing beverage.
Some scientists believe that kava significantly reduces some types
of anxiety and depression with very few side effects. But its safety and
effectiveness have not been thoroughly tested. Kava is best used with a
doctor's advice and medical checkups, because kava may be linked to liver
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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