Kava kava (Piper methysticum, also called kava) is a root found in the South Pacific islands and has been used for centuries as a ceremonial drink for its hypnotic (sleep-inducing), psychotropic (affecting mental activity) and anxiolytic (anxiety relieving) properties.
The roots of kava kava are ground into a pulp and added to cold water to make a thick brew. It is offered to dignitaries and guests visiting the Pacific islands and is often compared to wine in France .
Kava Kava For Anxiety
Anxiety is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil that can manifest as a panic attack, phobia or depression. Kava kava is a safe and effective anxiety-reducing herbal alternative to benzodiazepine drugs (known as tranquilizers) and does not cause an addiction.
A clinical study found that when the dose of kava kava was increased in individuals taking benzodiazepines, it was so effective that the doctors replaced it with the herb. Another clinical trial found that kava kava is as effective as standard drugs used to treat anxiety. Animal studies suggest that the anti-anxiety effects of kava kava can bring about behavioral changes.
The anti-anxiety effects of kava kava help relieve symptoms of depression, improve sleep quality and decrease aggression.[6,7,8,9,10] It also gives an individual an increased sense of well-being.
How To Take It
- Add three tablespoons of kava root powder to a glass of water. Pour this mixture into a blender and blend on high for four minutes. Pour the mixture through a muslin cloth and squeeze the liquid into a glass. Drink this twice daily to obtain relief from anxiety.
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Note: Since prolonged use of kava kava can cause liver problems, do not take it for more than four weeks. People, especially those with liver disease or liver problems, should take kava kava under the supervision of a doctor or a herbalist.
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