Side Effects of Kava Kava

Side effects of kava kava…………………..

For centuries, the people of the South Pacific have used kava socially and for religious ceremonies. It can be found on Tahiti, Hawaii, Fiji, Samoa and other island of the South Pacific.

Kava grows as a bush and its roots and rhizomes are used for medicinal purposes as a cure all.

Benefits of Kava Kava

Studies show kava has a calming effect. It is used for treatment in anxiety and depression. It is used as a sedative, muscle relaxant and for insomnia. Kava is also being used as a pain reliever in place of ibupropfen and aspirin.

People like using kava because it does not make one lethargic such as other prescription drugs used for the same things. Instead, it seems to improve concentration and memory when used to treat anxiety.

Kava has been used alone or with St. john’s wort and/or ginko biloba to treat anxiety in those with mild depression. Kava calm is a term associated with kava because of its help in panic attacks.

It is thought to be a muscle relaxant and reduce muscle spasms. This herb also is used to treat insomnia. It has a calming effect on those trying to quit smoking.

Side Effects of Kava Kava

Kava has recently received much attention as people are divided about whether kava is safe or not since it is mildly narcotic.

Side effects of kava kava brought on by higher dosages can include muscle weakness, dizziness, visual impairment and a skin reaction. Repeated small amounts may lead to small amounts of skin and nail coloring.

Reports of long term use have included blood cell abnormalities, hypertension or liver problems.

Do not use Kava with alcohol or any prescription medicine used for depression or anxiety. Always consult your physician before using Kava Kava or any other supplement.

Make sure that your kava supplement is manufactured at a facility following strict GMP compliance. These are the same standards that pharmaceutical drug manufacturers have to follow. This is essential, since herbs are considered a dietary supplement and manufacturers do not have to guarantee their product or what the actual ingredients are!

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