By Edna Shoemaker
Latin name: Piper Methysticum
name: Kava Kava, Kasava, Pupulun Aniti, Sakao
Remedy for: 1. Insomnia 2. Nervousness
is also used to relieve anxiety, although its effectiveness as a tranquilizer has not been scientifically confirmed.
One of the new herbs that have recently gained considerable media attention, Kava has actually been around for centuries
in the South Seas, where it's used as a ceremonial beverage. The plant's fleshy undergound stem is mildly intoxicating when
chewed. Prepared as a nonalcoholic drink, it is said to foster a sense of contentment and well-being, while sharpening the
mind, memory and senses.
Research shows that the active ingredients in Kava (kava lactones) do in fact have
a calming, sedative effect. They also appear to relax the muscles, relieve spasms, and prevent convulsions.