Kava Kava: Properties, Benefits, Side-effects?
Kawa-kawa, Piper methysticum
The kawa kawa plant is known for its beneficial analgesic and relaxing.
Kawa kawa what is it? In the sole of the kawa-kawa known for its properties, as well as flavonoids and ketones, have been isolated and identified as primarily responsible for the therapeutic activity of plant compounds called "kava pyrones" (used for the standardization of Kava), the which have been attributed anxiolytic properties, anticonvulsant, antispasmodic, analgesic and antifungal properties.
Kawa-kawa, Piper methysticum
The kava kava
Common Name: Kawa-kawa
Part used: rhizome
Main constituents of the kawa kawa:
resin (3-20%): a-pyrones mono or bi-unsaturated: kawaina, diidrokawaina, diidrometicistina,
yangonina, desmetossiyangonina (also gathered under the name of kawalattoni: are muscle relaxants and psicorilassanti)
Main activities of kava kava: muscle relaxants and psicorilassanti
Curiosity on the kawa kawa:
The plant is native to Western Polynesia (Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu ...) to Tahiti. The natives will draw a pulp that first chew (saliva causes an emulsion resin) then put in containers that fill with hot water and leave to brew: this flesh so diluted and prepared is consumed during religious ceremonies. There is the description of such ceremonial by J. Cook (1785). The Samoan tradition has it that this recipe was a gift from Tagaloa Ui, demigod, the son of the sun.
Therapeutic use of kawa kawa: not recommended (sleep disorders, anxiety)
The plan of the kawa kawa:
The Kawa-kawa plant grows wild in the Pacific Islands and develops a thick rhizome pleasant smell that can be harvested at any time of year.
Properties kawa kawa:
The natives prepared with kawa kawa a refreshing drink, relaxing, sedative-analgesic, while able to endure the fatigue and fatigue.
The dual action, stimulating and euphoric one hand, on the other relaxing and soothing justifies the use of the Kawa states of stress and is particularly suitable for older people in which restores the power of concentration, improves mood, promotes a natural sleep, lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood and improves tolerance to carbohydrates.
The plant is part of the formulation of preparations that exert selective action on the urogenital sphere manifest when a decongestant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and sedative (associate bearberry, red vine etc.).
Contraindications and side effects of kawa kawa:
The kawa kawa has several contraindications and side effects to be taken into account, should not be used primarily during the gravisanza or lactating, for a long time and at a high dose.
Any abuse of this plant can cause ingialllimento of the skin and nails, liver problems, and in the presence of mental problems such as anxiety and depression, it is good to first consult your doctor about before consuming the plant