Alternative Medicine

Kava Kava

Recently, kava kava has received a lot of press, often being referred to as the safe and natural alternative to Xanax® and Valium®. It's considered to be a non-dependant, all-natural, mild sedative that helps relax the body.

An herb often used in Polynesian cultures for its sedative and pain-relieving properties, kava kava is currently used in ceremonial drinks throughout many South Pacific Islands.

Kava kava comes from the ground rhizome of Piper methysticum and is a member of the pepper family. It has been used for hundreds of years to treat pain, anxiety and insomnia, stress and sleeplessness.

Many have found that kava kava relaxes muscles, reducing pain that can be caused by muscle cramping and spasms. It also alleviates menstrual cramping and has diuretic attributes such as suppressing the appetite.

In addition, kava kava may help improve circulation, mental alertness, memory and concentration.

If you are pregnant or nursing, operating machinery, mixing with alcohol or taking anti-depressants you should avoid taking kava kava. Long term use may lead to liver damage.

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