State health authorities report that four Michigan residents recently were struck by food poisoning when they consumed an herb that federal authorities are seeking to ban.
The Michigan Emergency Medical Services Information System has recorded 39 incidents of illness caused by kratom between Jan. 1, 2017,
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings Tuesday in an effort to highlight unproven medical claims about kratom.
Here are five things to know about the popular herb and the agency’s ongoing concerns:
Kratom, an unregulated plant imported from southeast Asia, is used
The FDA has been warning consumers about dietary supplements containing kratom, a plant native to Southeast Asia, that contains opioids. The plant mitragyna speciosa contains substances that react in the body in a way similar to opioids.
The FDA has sent warning letters to several kratom
Can herbal tea cause brain damage? Florida woman Mary Tabar says it can—and that her 19-year-old daughter Brette starting having “psychotic episodes and hallucinations” in March 2018, after regularly consuming herbal tea made with kratom over a four-year period.
A popular brew in recent years, kratom
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency have struggled for years in its attempts to regulate the plant.
For four years, Mary Tabar said, her 19-year-old daughter Brette was a regular at three Pinellas County bars serving kratom tea. Then, in