An herb native to islands in the South Pacific. Substances taken from the root have been used in some cultures to relieve stress, anxiety, tension, sleeplessness, and problems of menopause. Kava kava may increase the effect of alcohol and of certain drugs used to treat anxiety and depression. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises users that kava kava may cause severe liver damage. The scientific name is Piper methysticum. Also called intoxicating pepper, rauschpfeffer, tonga, and yangona.
Kava Kava is the non-dependant, all-natural, mild sedative that relaxes the body without harmful side effects. It helps reduce anxiety, restlessness and stress. Taken at night, Kava Kava alleviates sleeplessness and insomnia. And it relaxes your muscles, effectively reducing the pain caused by muscle cramping and spasms. In addition, Kava Kava helps improve circulation, mental alertness, memory and concentration. It also calms nervousness, suppresses the appetite and alleviates menstrual cramping. (Avoid Kava Kava if you are pregnant or nursing, operating machinery, mixing with alcohol or taking anti-depressants. Long term use may cause liver damage.)
A plant native to the South Pacific, which the native inhabitants call "the giver of peacefulness." It is the national drink of Fiji and has long been used as a ceremonial drink; it is widely used today as dietary support for its calming effects. Kava Kava is a member of the pepper family and contains the active components kavalactones.