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New Study Links Kava Tea to Kidney Damage

In an alarming new study, doctors are warning kava tea drinkers about the risk of kidney damage that has been increasingly associated with the popular product. Despite being renowned for its medicinal qualities, kava tea has been found to affect both the kidneys and the liver.

Free Kava Tea Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered kidney or liver injuries you feel may have been caused by kava tea, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

What’s the problem?

May 6, 2011 – According to a new study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, the trendy drink kava tea may cause life-threatening kidney damage. A team of doctors from the University of Rochester Medical Center conducted research on an avid kava tea drinker who was diagnosed with a type of kidney failure known as rhabdomyolysis. The patient reportedly drank kava tea several times a week, but on the day he collapsed, the individual had consumed twice as much as usual. The patient eventually recovered after six days in the hospital, but the incident has brought to light the unchecked used of kava plant around the country.

Research indicates that kava may cause muscle weakness or toxicity that can lead to the breakdown of muscle tissue, which subsequently travels to the kidneys and causes harm. Rhabdomyolysis is a rare but extremely serious condition in which the skeletal muscle is damaged, releasing myoglobin into the bloodstream. When it passes through the kidneys, it could cause severe kidney failure or even death. Signs and symptoms may include (but are not limited to):

  • cramps
  • tenderness
  • stiffness
  • pain
  • spasms

Native to the Western Pacific islands, kava has been used for thousands of years by the Hawaiians for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Only recently has kava tea gained popularity in the United States, as drinkers claim it sedates the nerves and combats the symptoms of menopause. Due to its herbal properties, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration does not regulate kava. However, the FDA has received numerous reports of problems with kava, and in 2002 warned that severe liver damage had been associated with its use.

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The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in kava tea lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new kidney injury cases in all 50 states.

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