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Experts propose global guidelines for safe use of Kava and new Australian study
Date:2/28/2011

rently being conducted by Dr Sarris in Melbourne Australia, where it is available over the counter.

In Australia in 2005, the Australian Therapeutics Goods Administration allowed for water soluble extracts of Kava to be used for medicinal purposes.

Preliminary results with the Mediherb extract showed the kava extract used was safe and effective in reducing anxiety.

"We do however, need a larger study to validate this result," Dr Sarris said.

The six-point framework for the safe production and use of Kava is as follows;

  1. Use of Kava plants at least five years old ("noble" type of Kava cultivar is preferred, as it is traditionally considered safe)
  2. Use of the peeled rhizome (root) of Kava plant (not leaves or aerial parts)
  3. Water-soluble extract for Kava (not alcohol or chemical solution to extract constituents)
  4. Dosage recommendations of less than 250 mg of kavalactones (the active chemicals) per day for medicinal use
  5. Systematic rigorous future research investigating safety issues (potentially from poorly stored and manufactured Kava material, and/or incorrect cultivar and plant material), and human clinical trials using noble cultivars prepared via good pharmaceutical manufacturing practice
  6. A Pan-Pacific quality control system enforced by strict policing.


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Contact: Rebecca Scott
rebeccas@unimelb.edu.au
61-383-440-181
University of Melbourne
Source:Eurekalert

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