‘Kava kava’ or sometimes referred to as cava cava is largely known for its anesthetic and anti anxiety properties. Botanists study this plant and examine their properties. There have been many speculations about its origin. Many botanists believe that Kava first appeared in northern Vanuatu. However, one thing is for sure which is that this crop is found in western pacific. Kava Kava is known by different names in different countries. Most common names for it are yakona and sakau. This plant has many useful properties most of which are due to the presence of kavalactones in its roots. In fact root is the only usable part of this plant because other parts contain toxins as well as other undesirable substances that are harmful for the body and so cannot be turned into supplements. Kava basically belongs to the pepper family and it can reach a height of 3 to 4 meter.
Effects of Cava Cava
Because of its usefulness Kava Kava is sold as a food supplement not only in U.S but in other parts of world as well. It is used for treating anxiety, insomnia, stress as well as premenstrual syndrome. Kava products are basically concentrated extracts that are produced by making use of either acetone or cryoprecipitation. For hundreds of years Kava has been used by the natives of pacific islands as refreshment and for treating cramps as well as headaches. Research into the properties of the substance has revealed that it can play a huge part in enhancing the activity of mind as well and it allows the body muscles to relax.
Anesthetic and Stress Reliever
Kava has anesthetic properties. There are many different methods of using roots of kava plant. Apart from chewing directly they can be ground to pulp to prepare a fine beverage. The method of making the drink usually involves pounding the root with a stone. Then the processed root is placed in a big bowl and cold water is poured into it. The thing to note here is that amount of water poured into the bowl actually determines the potency of the drink. The next step is to mix the root extract with water to the point where it turns yellow. Then non dissolved root matter is extracted out to produce final beverage. A traditional way of producing kava drink involves taking 2 to 4 tablespoon of kava powder and putting it in nylon stocking. It is then immersed in pure cold water to produce the drink.
For some centuries now people of pacific island have been using rhizome of Kava plant to prepare a beverage that relieves stress and anxiety due to its calming properties. Kava medication is also thought of as a great pain reliever but the extent to which it is useful for this purpose is yet to be determined. Kava powder turned into tea can be used to make tinctures that can further be used for making pills or mixed in beverages for direct intake. It can be taken in the form of pills, chewed directly or made into a drink. It provides relief from fatigue, urinary tract infection as well as asthma.
The Right Way of Consuming Kava Kava
Next up it is very important for you to know the daily dosage of Kava required for producing positive effects. Like everything, excess of Kava is not beneficial. 2 to 3 doses meaning 140 to 250 mg of kava pyrone is quite sufficient for your body. This amount is good enough for maintaining the health. The required dosage can be taken as capsules, tablets or even in the liquid form. Various U.S based medications are available in the market and they vary significantly in the percentage of cava cava present in them. What you need to see is the amount you require.
Like every other medicine and drug available in the market there are some side effects associated with consistent and prolonged use of Kava kava. Using Kava supplements for a long time can result in yellow and scaly skin. Liver toxicity is another down side of using Kava tablets or capsules. People who are persistent in their usage of this substance may also suffer from hepatitis or in severe cases liver failure.
Muscle tone of people on regular kava dosage is not the same as of nonusers. Although Kava can be administered in the form of tablets or mixture but the thing to keep in mind here is that its usage with alcohol or benzoazepiness should be avoided. Taking in diuretics along with kava supplements is also not a good idea. The reason is that diuretics or water pills as they are commonly known remove excess bodily fluids and what kava kava does is that it enhances the strength of water pills to such an extent that they can cause dehydration. Research also suggests that kava can greatly reduce the effectiveness of Levodopa. It is therefore important to avoid kava when taking in medication containing levodopa. The effects of kava on liver are not positive and this also affects the medicines that are metabolized by the liver. There are various medications that fall into this category. Therefore, the wise thing to do is to consult an experienced pharmacist before starting its use.
All kava drugs may not be useful for you but that again depends upon your own condition and whether you use it properly or not. People are usually allergic to one substance or another. It is therefore important for you to consult a doctor on whether or not you can take kava supplement or not. Usually cava cava itself causes only mild allergic reactions. These include itchy skin or throat and hives on the skin.
Though we’ve been using Kava Kava and Cava Cava interchangeably with each other, but cava cava is not the right way to spell it. Moreover it is a herbal drug which can be used as an anesthetic and for other benefits without too many side effects, but like any other anesthetic, people sometimes abuse it as it has the potential for addiction. So one needs to be careful with the use of this drug and try not to develop an addiction.