Kava Kava is a member of the pepper family "Piperaceae". It is an all natural root extract that is generally consumed as a herbal supplement or drink.
The root of the kava plant is ground into a powder, mixed with water and consumed as a beverage.
Kava beverages is a popular social drink in the South Pacific region. Now, kava bars are springing up in the United States offering a variety of kava teas, juices and coffees.
Kava Kava is also be used to treat rheumatism, asthma, worms, obesity, headaches, fungal infections, gonorrhea, vaginal infections, urinary infections, menstrual problems, migraine headaches, and insomnia.
Numbing of the mouth, unpleasant taste, nausea, headache, drowsiness, and dizziness. Excessive consumption over a period of several weeks or months causes a temporary yellowing of the skin, hair and nails, red eyes, gastrointestinal complaints, loss of appetite, breathing problems and dry and peeling skin. These side effects were relieved upon discontinuation of the drink.
It isn't known if kava tea - which contain a less concentrated form of the herb - carries a risk of liver failure. The concern about liver damage mainly involves kava in its concentrated supplement form. So, don't make it an addiction.
Not for use by persons under 18 years of age.
Moderate consumption of kava tea does not appear to be particularly harmful, but over-use or habitual use of kava can lead to side effects as indolence, weakness, leg paralysis, and a scaly skin rash, which is said to be reversible when kava consumption is discontinued--as long as the consumption has not been very high over a prolonged period.