Kava is a wonderful anti-depressant that elevates moods and sensory
perception diminishes pain and decreases adrenaline. It is an emotional
limbic brain tonic (it rejuvenates those under great emotional distress).
As an anxiolytic, it is an analog to anxiety drugs like Valium, Zanax,
Librium, Halycon, Klonopin, and Dalmane yet Kava seems to enhance cognitive
function and socialization. Many use Kava to wean from these medications
when under a doctor’s supervision. Kava is not addictive, is without side
effects outside of idiosyncratic events, sedates, is a muscle relaxant, is
analgesic (reduces pain), promotes sleep beyond REM, is anti-convulsant, a
cerebral circulatory stimulant, and is tonic to the stress axis (pituitary,
hypothalamus, adrenals). It can be helpful for those who are feeling flat
and depressed as it helps sensitize sensorial perception and it is a very
subtle way that enhances enjoyment through the senses. Again, this is not a
drug like an event, but a subtle event where one begins to feel better after a
bit of time like an antidepressant can lift a fog.
Kava is well studied around the world as it has been recognized as a very
useful herb for decades. Studies have shown its mechanisms of action to
include decreasing levels of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate,
activation of mesolimbic dopaminergic neuron causing relaxation and
euphoria, binds to GABA receptors in some regions in the brain, relaxing
muscles through direct action on muscle contractibility inhibit the
similarity to mood stabilizers.
Kava is simply the best anti-anxiety herb and is great in emotional stress
and upheaval. It calms when one is in the middle of intense personal trauma
(i.e., recovery therapy, relationship turmoil, personal loss and the like).
While relaxing, it does not dull the senses but rather tends to focus the
mind and sensory capacity.
Kava is also used to help induce a deep restful sleep if used 30 minutes
before bedtime. For those who sleep lightly, Kava helps bring one beyond
the light sleep and beyond the active REM stage of dream stages that can be
overactive and stressful. Kava does not usually make one sleepy if used in
Kava also is a great muscle relaxer that does not sedate the mind. It helps
body pain that is acute or chronic, so it is for trauma and massage therapy
or Chiropractic manipulations that are painful. Dancers find Kava
wonderfully relaxing when dancing.
Kava can simply be used for the enjoyment that it brings. It is an
excellent and healthier replacement for those who like to drink alcohol to
relax and unwind. For those who use marijuana and want to replace it with a
healthy alternative, Kava can be a successful alternative.
Kava may also be useful to decrease hyperactivity in a child or adult.
US FDA advises that a potential risk of rare, but severe, liver injury may
be associated with kava-containing dietary supplements. 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 (e.g.,
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 heavy equipment.
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**US FDA advises that a potential risk of rare, but severe liver injury
may be associated with Kava containing dietary supplements. 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, including jaundice (yellowing of the skin or
whites of the eyes) and brown urine**