During a visit  to a Vegetarian Restaurant in Vancouver I found on the menu something that got my attention  – an Elixir made from Kava Kava root, well I had no idea what it was so I read the interesting explanation that it promises to help to relax and relieve stress. I did some research and found great information to share with you guys.

Kava Plant

THE ORIGINS

Kava Kava is a crop from the western Pacific region. The name kava is from Tongan and Marquesan; other names for kava include  yaqona, sakau, and malok or malogu

KAVA KAVA EFFECT

Kava first became popular in the 1990s as an herbal remedy for people who can’t sleep and have anxiety. We know that sleep is a big problem for about 50 percent of the population at some point in their lifetimes. Plant-based remedies are becoming more and more desired to help treat sleep disorders and general insomnia, including kava root.

In a study conducted at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, six commonly used plant-based sleep therapeutics were investigated to including caffeine, chamomile, cherries, kava kava, L-tryptophan, marijuana and valerian root. Though no mind-blowing results were reported, kava kava drinks have been known to provide sedative effect

KAVA Side Effects and Risk

Because kava is known to provide some very deep relaxation benefits, there’s potential for drug abuse, though this problem seems to be low in most areas.

Kava is marketed as an herbal anxiolytic in several countries and is consumed recreationally in high doses in many indigenous Pacific and Australian Aboriginal communities.

Suggested dosage for treatment of non-psychotic anxiety is 105 to 210 milligrams daily for three to four weeks. The most common side effects of kava are headache, dizziness, drowsiness, depression, diarrhea and occasionally dermatologic manifestations. Precautions should be taken.