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Information on Kava including the benefits and uses of using Kava. Your Health are located in Australia are a group of alternative / holistic doctors and use Kava as part of a holistic approach to health.
   
Kava
 
Botanical name

Piper methysticum

 
 
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Numerous human, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials have demonstrated consistent, significant anti-anxiety effects of Kava. Studies show that these anti-anxiety effects are superior to placebo, and similar to the effects of benzodiazepines used in the treatment of anxiety, without causing adverse side effects. Kava also reduces muscular tension and spasm, anxiety associated with menopause, and it is a diuretic, urinary antiseptic and local anaesthetic. Kava promotes sleep in larger doses and a state of calm in smaller doses. The effects of kava are relaxing, not stupefying.

 
 
Conditions commonly used for
  • Anxiety disorders, phobias
  • Stress-related anxiety
  • Insomnia, restlessness, jet-lag
  • Muscular pain, cramping, stiffness and tension
 
 
Common dosage range
  • Kava is available as a standardized extract (to 70% kavalactone content).
  • Daily recommended intake ranges between 60 and 600 mg kavalactones/day.
  • Length of treatment varies; it may take up to four weeks to take full effect. In Australia, patients are advised not to continue dosing longer than three months.
 
 
Cautions, Contraindications and Side Effects

  • Not recommended in pregnancy or breast-feeding.
  • Do not drive when using excessive dosages.
  • Do not exceed recommended dose or length of treatment.
  • While side effects are mild and rare (the most frequently reported are digestive discomfort, headache, dizziness or skin rash), excess amounts of Kava impair driving ability.
  • Yellowing of the skin, hair, and nails, and drying and cracking of the skin is seen in some chronic users, as is disturbance of vision, speech and breathing. This dose exceeds recommended doses by 100 times. Kava addiction is still under question however studies show there is no evidence of addictive potential. There have also been reports in the literature suggesting a possible association between Kava and liver damage in patients who use high doses for prolonged periods.
  • The German Commission E monograph for Kava indicates that it may potentiate (enhance the effects of) barbiturates and other nervous system acting drugs, resulting in increased risk of developing side effects if these medications are combined with Kava. Please seek the advice of your health care practitioner if you are considering taking Kava.
 
 
Links & Other Information

It is not within the scope of the YourHealth website to provide comprehensive information on documented or potential herb-drug interactions. Please seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner or click on the following links for more information.

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A Medical Practitioner specialising in Integrative Medicine, a qualified Nutritionist or Naturopath will be well trained in the use of nutrients, including their proper dosage, contraindications and potential drug interactions. Although many herbal remedies are available over the counter, self-prescribing is not recommended except for minor ailments, and best results will be obtained by seeking the advice of a qualified herbal medicine practitioner. Any plant substance, even those that are used as foods, can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

 
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