Despite increasing attention from the national press, an herbal extract touted as the next big thing in natural remedies has so far been slow to catch on in supermarkets. Proponents say kava root, ingested in capsule form or drunk in teas, relieves stress -- a kind of natural sedative akin to the prescription drug Xanax. A glowing report on the June 22 edition of the ABC news program "20/20" featured testimonials from several users, including a woman who claimed kava helped her cope with ...

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