Kava Is Found To Be Safe And Effective

Kava is a tall shrub in the pepper family that grows in the South Pacific islands. It has been used there for thousands of years as a folk remedy and as a social and ceremonial beverage. UQ research has found a traditional extract of kava, a medicinal plant from the South Pacific, to be safe and effective in reducing anxiety. Kava is widely used for the relief of anxiety and stress. Taken in sufficient quantities kava imparts a tingling feeling to the mouth and tongue. It is said to be a mild narcotic inducing a "euphoric, clear minded state in which the drinker cannot be annoyed". The part of the plant used medicinally is the root. Although the root was traditionally chewed or made into a beverage, kava is now available in capsule, tablet, beverage, tea, and liquid extract forms. Kava may lower blood pressure and it also may interfere with blood clotting, so it shouldn't be used by people with bleeding disorders. People with Parkinson’s disease shouldn't use kava because it may worsen symptoms.