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Kava Kava

Product Name: Kava Kava
Product Numbers: VNV160
Product Count: 60/CT
Product Form: V-Caps
Sizes Available: 60 V-Caps

Kava, a member of the pepper family, is a natural tranquilizer that soothes jangled nerves and eases anxiety with few of the mind-dulling effects of prescription relaxants. Its Latin name, Piper methysticum, means "intoxicating pepper", and indeed, on the South Pacific islands where it is grown, Kava is made into a traditional beverage that is consumed during ceremonies and social occasions as alcohol is in other societies to relax people and induce a sense of well-being.

Recent clinical studies have shown that the herb Kava is a safe, nonaddictive, antianxiety medicine, and as effective as prescription anxiety agents containing benzodiazepines such as valium. While benzodiazepines tend to promote lethargy and mental impairment, Kava has been shown to improve concentration, memory, and reaction time for people suffering from anxiety. Kava has been clinically demonstrated as a means of achieving a state of relaxation without the adverse side effects associated with prescription medications.

Kava root is primarily used as a natural sedative and for sleep enhancement. Herbalists have traditionally used it as a remedy for nervousness and insomnia. Kava Kava is an effective relaxant able to induce a feeling of relaxation, peace and contentment, along with a sharpening of the senses. As a sleep aid it promotes deep and restful sleep. It is also a muscle relaxant that can help relieve cramping due to spasms.

Research Indicates

  • May help to ease stress-induced anxiety and panic
  • May help to combat anxiety associated with depression
  • May help to induce sleep in people with insomnia
  • May help to relieve muscle aches and chronic pain
  • May help to calm those trying to stop smoking or drinking
  • May help to control epileptic seizures
  • May help to improve recovery from stroke
Recommended Dosage
  • Typical daily dosage ranges from 250 - 500 mgs; take 1 capsule, two to three times daily.
  • If you have been taking Kava on a daily basis for more than four weeks, consult your doctor who may recommend routine blood tests to check your liver. Using the herb for long periods may increase the chance of developing side effects such as liver toxicity. Cases which resulted in liver toxicity included alcohol use and other drugs; no single conclusive case of adverse liver effects has been reported by natives, who have used the plant for centuries.
  • Avoid Kava altogether if you have a liver disease, such as hepatitis or cirrhosis, or if you regularly take drugs with known adverse effects on the liver, such as acetaminophen.
  • Don't take Kava if you're on other drugs that affect the central nervous system (antidepressants, psychiatric drugs, sedatives, tranquilizers) without consulting your doctor first.
  • Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not take Kava.
  • Kava may aggravate the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Kava.

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