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Kava

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“Kava”

Botanical Name: Piper methysticum

Common name: Kava

Family: Piperaceae

Parts Used: Root


Active Constituents:

  • Kavalactones
  • Methysticin
  • Dihydromethisticin
  • Kavain
  • Dhihydrokavain
  • Desmethoxyangonin
  • Flavonoids – flavokavains

Qualities: Cool, grounding


Actions: 

  • Anxiolytic
  • Hypnotic
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Mild sedative
  • Skeletal muscle relaxant
  • Spasmolytic
  • Mild analgesic Topically
  • Local anaesthetic
  • Antipruritic
  • Mild analgesic
  • Antifungal

Indications: 

Nervous System

  • Anxiety / restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Neuralgia (toothache, earache, ocular pain)
  • Headache
  • Muscle tension
  • Menopausal NS sx
  • Withdrawal from benzo’s

Genito-urinary

  • Inflammation and infection
  • Cystitis, urethritis, dysuria, renal colic

Locally

  • Sore throat
  • Tooth ache

Contraindications:

  • Pre-existing liver disease
  • Not recommended in pregnancy or children

Cautions:

  • Long-term or continuous use should be monitored
  • Caution with Parkinson’s disease
  • Caution in elderly

Dosage:

250mg kavalactones per day


Combinations:


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