Kava Health Benefits

Chemical Composition:

  • 43% Starch
  • 3.2% Minerals (mostly potassium)
  • 12% Water
  • 3.2% Simple Sugars
  • 3.6% Proteins
  • 15% Kavalactones which are responsible for the pharmacological activities and found in the fat soluble resin of the root (content can vary between 3 - 20% in oral prep)

Clinical Applications:

  • Increases vigilance, memory reaction time, relaxation, restful sleep, muscle relaxation
  • Decreases feelings of nervousness, somatic complaints such as heart palpitations, chest pains, headache, dizziness, and feelings of gastric irritation
  • Protects against brain damage due to ischemia

Condition:

  • Inflammation of the urogenital system
  • Difficulties in urinating
  • Female puberty syndromes, weakness
  • Gonorrhea and chronic cystitis
  • Menstrual problems, dysmenorrhea
  • Vaginal prolapsus
  • To provoke an abortion
  • Migraine related to women’s sicknesses
  • Headaches
  • General weakness
  • Tuberculosis
  • Chills and sleeping problems
  • General treatment of diseases
  • To prevent infection
  • Rheumatism
  • Weight gain
  • Gastrointestinal upsets
  • Irritation of the respiratory tract and asthma
  • Pulmonary pains
  • Leprosy
  • Certain skin diseases
  • To prevent suppuration
  • To calm nervous children
  • Anxiety
  • Help prevent seizures
  • Muscle spasms

Recent research indicates that the chemical properties of kavalactones in the rootstock of Kava and alkaloids in the leaves may explain much of its usefulness in traditional medicine, although not all its applications can be accounted for scientifically. For example, the bactericidal activity of kava lactones underlies Kava’s reputation as a remedy for urogenital infections. Its traditionally perceived analgesic properties make it a common remedy for various aches and pains. Its diuretic effects may relieve symptoms of gonorrhea. Traditional uses of the plant as a contraceptive, abortifacient, or stimulant remain to be scientifically verified and explained, perhaps by research to identify physiologically active compounds other than kavalactones.

Drug Interactions:

Potentiation of kava effectiveness is possible if given in concomitant with alcohol, barbiturates, psychopharmacological agents, and melatonin.

Contraindications:

Pregnancy, lactation, or endogenous depression

Pediatric

There are no known scientific reports on the pediatric use of the Kava. Therefore, it is not currently recommended for children.

Adult

If your health care provider has recommended Kava. Make sure you read the label to look for Kava products that are standardized to contain a 70% kavalactone content.

Please consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before use.

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