Information on Kava Kava

Latin NamePiper methysticum
Other NamesAva
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsTincture, powder in capsule, standardized extract in capsules and tablets, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsReproductive system, Urinary system, Nervous system
CautionsAvoid large doses. Contraindicated during pregnancy.
Botanical InfoA large-leaved perennial shrub from the Pepper family with angled jointed stems and spikes of tiny green flowers.
DescriptionKava is the national drink of Fiji and is popular throughout the South Seas. Drinking kava imparts a calm feeling, relaxes the body, and sometimes enhances mental activity and communication with a sharpening of the senses. It is used in religious ceremonies in Polynesia as well as for social gatherings. It is especially indicated for nervous anxiety, overtiredness, stress, and restlessness, as well as for irritable bladder. Kava has a multitude of medicinal uses including bladder infections, insomnia, pain, anorexia, mild depression, fatigue, toothache, and nocturnal incontinence in the young and aged.

Kava Kava has a taste of ACRID and a temperature of WARM.


Decoction1 cup 3-4 x daily
Tincture2-4 droppersful 2-3 x daily
Extract1-2 tablets 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Kava Kava

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Anxietyanti-anxietytincture, tablet, capsule, tea
Bladder, atonicbladder tonic, sedativetea, tincture, capsule, tablet
Bladder, weakurinary tract sedativetincture, capsule, tablet
Depression, mildmild antidepressanttablet, tincture
Dizziness, mildsedativetincture, tablet
Hypochondriasedativetablet, capsule, tincture
Insomniacalmative, relaxant, mild sedativetincture, extract in capsules or tablets
Jaw, tenseantispasmodic, calmativetincture, extract in capsules or tablets
Muscles, tightantispasmodictincture
Sleeping aidssedativetablet, capsule


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