Kava is an extract from the root of the Piper Mesthysticum, a native plant to the South Pacific that has been long used for its medicinal qualities of relaxation and pain relief.    It is also commonly used as a beverage in ethnic communities.  It has recently been used in many herbal supplements and teas that promote relaxation. 

Adverse Effects of Kava

Kava has been linked to severe liver damage.  The true nature of Kava on the liver is not completely known however.  It has been linked to hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver failure.  Signs of liver damage include nausea, vomiting, jaundice, abdominal pain and other symptoms.  Because of this link, several countries have already banned the use of Kava in food products. 

Current Status of Kava

Kava is still currently in the U.S. market but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating the link between Kava and liver disease.  The FDA has issued a warning to consumers to consult with their doctor if they consume Kava and are having medical issues. 

If you have suffered injuries because of Kava you should see a doctor immediately.  You may also wish to consult an experienced products liability attorney.  A products liability lawyer can help you recover damages for your injuries.