KAVA FOR HEALTH
Kava Kava or just kava is the herb of choice to relax the body and relieve, stress, anxiety, insomnia, tension, PMS, headache, back pain and panic attacks. Kava has been used for three thousand years by the people of the South Pacific for ceremonial, social and medicinal purposes. Kava is now recognized by many doctors as an alternative to drugs like Xanax and Valium.
History and uses
Kava root has been used by Pacific islanders for three thousand years as a relaxing and stress relieving drink. Kava drink prepared with cold water and kava powder , relieves stress, relaxes the body and imparts a feeling of well being. Use before bedtime to promotes restful sleep. Kava is also a great socializing drink. Try Kava instead of your evening alcoholic beverage, you'll be amazed at the results. Unlike most herbs you don't wonder if it's working. Almost immediately one feels a slight numbing in the mouth followed by a feeling of relaxation and stress reduction. These benefits occur without intoxication or hang over.
Introduction to a book by Dr. Ray Sahelian, M.D.
RAY SAHELIAN, M.D.
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, N.Y., N.Y.
(From the paperback)
Pacific islander have relished kava's wonderful calming qualities for centuries. Over the past years, kava has become very popular in the alternative health field. Studies during the last decade have repeatedly shown this herb to be effective in reducing anxiety, and in 1990 the Federal Board of Health in Germany approve kava for the treatment of anxiety disorders. I believe that kava is poised to become as well-known as the herbs St. John's wort and ginkgo biloba.
In order to gather the information in this book, I reviewed decades of research on kava, interviewed academic experts and users, and treated patients with this herb. I am glad to be sharing my findings about this wonderful herb that both relaxes and improves mood.
The response of the patients I recommended kava to was very positive. It's certainly not as powerful as certain pharmaceutical drugs, such as Valium and Xanax, but it doesn't have some of their side effects, such as sedation and mental slowing, either. Most patients with mild to moderate cases of anxiety respond well to the relaxing effects of this herb. Kava is bound eventually to become a solid part of the armamentarium doctors use to combat anxiety disorders.
I have used kava about once or twice a week for the past year. I believe it's important for anyone who writes about a particular supplement to try it himself or herself. I enjoy the state of relaxation and well-being that kava brings on, especially since it does not interfere with mental clarity. I find it a good way to help me relax after a particularly stressful day. I also like taking kava occasionally when attending a social event, since it enhances feelings of affability.
In addition to kava, there are a number of herbs that have been touted in traditional herbal folklore as having relaxing properties. These include chamomile, hops, passionflower, skullcap and valerian. This book includes a critical evaluation of and the latest research on these interesting herbs.
We have long known that stress is a bad thing, though we were not sure how bad. We also realize that living without some stress is impossible for most of us. We all know that stress causes headaches and irritability. Now comes news of a study by researchers at Duke University that found that relaxation and managing emotional and psychological stress can profoundly reduce the risk of coronary artery disease.
The study found that patients who learned to manage stress reduced their risk of having another heart attack or heart problems by 74 percent when compared with those receiving medication alone. Reducing mental stress proved more beneficial than getting exercise.
Although it has long been suspected that "type A" individuals and those suffering from chronic depression were more susceptible to heart problems, this is the first hard evidence that reducing stress reduces heart disease.
But how does one reduce stress on its own. Try to get your physician to prescribe medication for stress reduction, it won't happen, besides who wants to be dependent on medication for something that's with us in our everyday lives. Strenuous daily exercise would probably help if one has the time. One possible answer is the regular use of herbal substances known to relax and reduce stress.
One such herb is Kava Kava root grown and used by the people of the South Pacific for over 3000 years. Powdered Kava root prepared as a beverage with water will almost immediately reduce stress, relax the body and impart a feeling of well being. these benefits occur without intoxication or hangover. Many user have found that Kava beverages can be substituted for their evening alcoholic beverage and they no longer feel the need for the alcohol. The kavalactones which are the psychoactive ingredients in Kava, have been shown to be non-addictive.