ava Kava is also known by the scientific name Piper methysticum. Originating in the South Pacific, this root has long been brewed as used as a ceremonial drink.The roots are ground up and put into tea form. In other countries, the root may be chewed whole.
There are many uses for Kava Kava, but it is primarily used for its calming effects. Herbalists have used it to treat anxiety, insomnia and restlessness. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, preliminary studies have suggested Kava Kava decreases the time needed to fall asleep. In addition, it also improved the overall quality of sleep by its users. Herbalists have also prescribed this root instead of anti-anxiety medications such as Valium. Just 300 mg of Kava Kava can relieve anxiety and improve mood. Users have also found it helpful in treating symptoms associated with chronic pain. Kava Kava can ease pain caused by tension headaches, muscle spasms and stress related injuries.
The active ingredients in Kava Kava are chemicals known as kavalactones. When chewing whole roots, these chemicals may cause a tingling sensation in the mouth and on the tongue. The active chemicals have a make-up that relieves pain and induces feelings of calm.
In the United States, Kava Kava is available in vitamin stores in both tincture, tablets, liquid and powder forms as its own individual supplement. It can also be found as one of the ingredients in multi-supplement products like Elimidrol.
As with any herbal supplement, one should be cautious about taking Kava Kava for longer than 3 months without consulting the advice of a physician. Since Kava Kava can have sedating effects, it should never be used when driving or anything that requires alertness.
Kava Kava is used around the world to treat a myriad of symptoms. It has been used in the South Pacific for centuries in its natural form.While it appears to be generally safe, it is best to use it under the advice of an herbalist or doctor.