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Tired of not being able to sleep, feeling anxious or nervous?

Kava Kava helps in the treatment of anxiety, without the risk of dampening alertness or of addiction. It is useful for nervous tension and conditions associated with muscle spasms, such as fibromyalgia, as well as a sedative for the insomniac.

Kava Kava

While Kava juice has been long used by Polynesian races as a ceremonial drink- with even American presidents and Pope John Paul II participating in Kava ceremonies, the health benefits of Kava Kava extracts have been studied in depth in Europe.

How does Kava Kava help?

Research has shown that the lactones are responsible for Kava Kava's muscle relaxing effect on the central nervous system, its anticonvulsant activities, its ability to relax smooth muscle and its analgesic or pain killing activities.

What can Kava Kava help with?

Kava Kava in therapeutic doses has been shown to be safe in the treatment of anxiety, without the risk of dampening alertness or of addiction. It is useful in the treatment of nervous tension and conditions associated with muscle spasms, such as fibromyalgia. It is excellent for the treatment of insomnia. Its local anaesthetic and analgesic activity have been noted in the treatment of pain.

It settles the mind, body and spirit, enlivens our ability to communicate and comprehend, while creating an "air of warmth and sociability". At the same time, it improves reaction time, alertness, does not "knock you out", though sleep will occur when desired.

It is an effective antibacterial, relaxes the muscles, combats stress and is non-addictive or toxic.

Kava Kava does not appear to be a narcotic. It is an analgesic stronger than aspirin, antifungal stronger than garlic or tea tree oil, a muscle relaxant safer than valium and a sedative for the insomniac. Kava is a natural alternative to valium, achieving similar results, without the side effects.

It improves brain function, physical strength and endurance, emotional stability and feelings of benevolence and well-being. It is anticonvulsant, anti-epileptic and anti-spasmodic. Truly a Wonder Herb.

Traditional use

Kava has been used as a traditional therapeutic for centuries in respiratory illnesses (asthma, chronic bronchitis), toothaches (powdered root applied to the tooth) and as a diuretic.

Kava displays antibacterial qualities. In the South Pacific, where many STD's are rampant, gonorrhoea is almost non-existent. This has been attributed to the continuous use of Kava on a cultural level, flushing the urinary tract, eliminating the gonorrhoea bug.


You should avoid Kava if you take methotrimeprazine, a potent central nervous system depressant analgesic.

You should avoid driving if taking large doses of Kava.

At Ideal Health we stock three Kava Kava products - a liquid extract, as a single herb in a capsule and as an optimised extract in a capsule.

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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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