Liquid extract of dried, 4 to 8 year-old rhizome & roots.
History: For 3,000 years South Pacific
cultures have used Kava as a mild tranquilizer to relax the mind and
clarify the thought processes, soothe the temperament, and induce a
mild euphoria with feelings of peace and harmony. It is usually taken
with a group to enhance sociability and evoke feelings of empathy and
camaraderie, and is often used to settle disputes and facilitate reconciliation.
Actions: Excellent sedative, anti-anxiety, muscle relaxant,
antispasmodic and anticonvulsive. Clarifies thought process and improves
memory. Peaceful euphoriant. Analgesic and local anesthetic. Antiseptic
(antifungal and antibacterial). Antiseptic diuretic.
Uses: Anxiety, despondency, nervousness and depression.
Supportive therapy in anxiety-related diseases (e.g., asthma, high blood
pressure), and with tremor (e.g., Parkinson's disease). Cramps and muscle
spasms. Neuralgia (especially trifacial nerve), toothache, earache and
eye pain. Sleeplessness. Urinary infections; pain and spasms of urethra
and bladder; painful urination. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menstrual
maladies. Lack of appetite. Topically as antifungal (e.g., ringworm,
Dose: Average dose is 30 to 40 drops, taken 2 to 5
times per day. For more pronounced inducement of tranquility and euphoria,
single doses up to 150 drops can be occasionally taken.
Cautions: The FDA advises that a potential risk of
rare, but severe, liver injury may be associated with Kava-containing
dietary supplement. Ask a healthcare professional before use if you
have or have had liver problems, frequently use alcoholic beverages,
or are taking any medication. Stop use and see a doctor if you develop
symptoms that may signal liver problems (unexplained fatigue, abdominal
pain, loss of appetite, fever, vomiting, dark urine, pale stools, yellow
eyes or skin). Not for use by persons under 18 years of age, or by pregnant
or breastfeeding women. Not for use with alcoholic beverages. Excessive
use, or use with products that cause drowsiness, may impair your ability
to operate a vehicle or dangerous equipment.
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