Simple Herbal Extracts | Kava



Botanical Name

Piper methysticum

Part Used



Not for use in pregnancy, Not for use exceeding 4 to 6 weeks in succession; Inflammatory kidney disease*

Traditional Information*

A mucous membrane anodyne—it reduces pain  in the throat, stomach and urinary tract. Kava is excellent for genito-urinary pain such as cystitis, urethritis, painful urination and inflammation of the vas deferens. It is also a muscle relaxant useful for fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, muscle spasms and insomnia with muscular tension.  Kava has also shown anxiolytic activity in many clinical trials.  Do not use Kava with hepatotoxic medications, excess alcohol consumption, or liver disease and limit use to 2-3 weeks.

Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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