Kava kava – natural remedy for depression?

Kava Kava affects the body,

Kava kava (piper methysticum) is a plant native to the South Pacific islands. It belongs to the pepper plant family. The root and rhizome of kava kava are used to prepare natural remedies for insomnia, anxiety and some menopausal symptoms.

Kava Kava and its impact on social anxiety disorders

There is some clinical evidence suggesting that kava kava is effective in relieving certain types of anxiety. In a systematic review from 2009, evidence was found for the use of kava kava in the treatment of generalized anxiety.

Taking and dosing Kava Kava

Kava kava has been available for about a year in the form of extracts, capsules, tablets and solutions. The most popular form is drought, but its origin is often mysterious which is associated with low quality. It is worth using a supplement based on a raw material from a certified source such as Kava Kava Extract.

The dosage depends on the amount of dried food and the method of taking. Most often it is about 250mg of dried fruit.

Kava Kava legal in Poland?

Yes, at the end of 2018 these substances were removed from the list of products withdrawn from the market. It got there because of the trace amounts of it found in the so-called “party drugs”.

Who should not take the Kava Kava supplement?

Kava kava is not recommended for pregnant and lactating women, children under the age of 18, and people taking MAOIs on prescription.

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued consumer advice warning that dietary supplements containing kava kava can be associated with severe liver damage. The consultancy was based on reports from many countries, including Germany, Switzerland, France, Canada and the United Kingdom, where at least 25 cases of liver toxicity were reported. In addition, many countries have banned the sale of products containing kava kava.

Recommended Kava kava supplement - Kava kava from Apollo Hegemony
Recommended Kava kava supplement – Kava kava from Apollo Hegemony

It is clear from this that kava kava should not be used by people suffering from liver disease or taking medications that affect the liver. In addition, although potential liver problems are rare, you should immediately consult a physician if you have symptoms of a disease associated with this organ when taking kava kava. Symptoms of liver problems may include jaundice, brown urine, nausea, vomiting, brightly colored stools, unusual fatigue, weakness, abdominal pain and loss of appetite.

Do not mix it with alcohol. Kava kava may interact with the medicines used to treat Parkinson’s disease. In addition, drowsiness may occur in combination with benzodiazepines, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).

Where to buy Kava kava?

We suggest checking MZ Store. They are one of the very few distributors of Apollo Hegemony, which has highly standardized Kava kava extract in reasonable price!

Side effects Kava kava

Side effects are rare but may include drowsiness, headaches, stomach upset, dizziness and sensitivity to ultraviolet light sources.

See more details about this substance here and see if it is the right product for you.

References:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. http://nccih.nih.gov/news/alerts/kava

Sarris J, Kavanagh DJ. Kava and St. John’s Wort current evidence for use in mood and anxiety disorders. J Altern Complement Med. 2009; 15 (8) 827-836. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2009.0066

Sarris J. Herbal editorials in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. 10-year updated review. Phytother Res. March 2018. https://doi.org/10.1002/ptr.6055

Singh YN, Singh NN. Therapy potential of kava in the treatment of anxiety disorders. CNS Drugs. 2002; 16 (11) 731-743. https://doi.org/10.2165/00023210-200216110-00002