General Description: Member of the black pepper
family with more than 20 varieties identified.
Part Used: Root
anxiety without effecting alertness
Action: Active ingredients in roots are
alph-pyrones, however their content varies from root to root. The
compounds found are not opiates and do not act on opiate receptors.
Dosage: Daily dose - 60-120 mg kava pyrones
Use standardized extracts in 30-50% concentration.
cause a scaly skin disorder resembling psoriasis, and sunlight may
Can cause lack of coordination in skeletal muscles.
Contraindications: Do not use during pregnancy or when
lactating. Safety is unknown for children. Parkinson's disease.
Kava potentates these drugs: Alcohol, Tranquilizers, Antidepressants,
potentates these herbs:
St. John's Wort, and Valerian
Taking concurrently with above
may cause lethargy and
Warn patients that when taking Kava, do not operate heavy machinery
or drive due to sedative effects.
Due to over 70 varieties of this
herb, some have stronger effects than others.
Kava may be enhanced if taken with food.
This herb is promoted in the US as
alternative to Valium and Xanax