Kava or Kava-Kava is a crop of the Western Pacific, popularly served in the form of a drink, which is slightly intoxicating. The drink also has sedative and anesthetic properties and forms a vital element of the culture of the Pacific Islands. Kava has been a ceremonial drink and is often used to welcome guests and dignitaries. Kava is soothing and is consumed to attain relaxation without hindering the mental function. The roots of the herb are either chewed or ground in a mortar with a pestle. The paste is mixed in cold water and served immediately.
It is a socially acceptable and ceremonial drink.
Kava kava is best known for its relaxing properties.
The drink elevates mood, well being, contentment and euphoria.
Kava kava is best used to treat anxiety and depression and is more effective than a placebo.
Study reveals that kava kava improves mood and cognitive function.
Kava kava also has sleep inducing properties and hence is used to cure insomnia.
Kava kava also improves the quality of sleep; the person wakes up refreshed and stimulated.
Kava kava is also useful in treating migraines and cramps
Standard dosage for adults 150-300 mg, 1-3 times a day for anxiety or nervousness.
Kava kava dried root for preparing tea, 2-4 Gms, 3 times a day.
Kava kava should not be taken for more than 3 months at a stretch.
There is some evidence to prove that kava kava cause liver damage.
Kava kava may also cause skin reactions, dizziness, drowsiness, restlessness, indigestion and tremors.
Over use may also cause hair fall, partial loss of hearing and loss of appetite.
Kava kava lowers blood pressure and interferes with blood clotting.
Children should not be given the drink.
Pregnant and lactating women are advised against the use of this drink.
People with liver conditions.
People who are scheduled to undergo surgery.
People who consume alcohol.
People on medication.