Tag: Kava

Dr. Andrew Weil Debunks the Kava Liver Damage Myth: “Kava is Perfectly Safe”

Kava, cherished in Pacific Island traditions and prized as a natural remedy for anxiety, is now gaining renewed positive attention. Dr. Andrew Weil, a leading authority in integrative medicine, underscores the safety of Kava, dispelling myths and amplifying its credibility in the wellness world. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Andrew Weil, M.D. (@drweil) In Dr. Weil’s own words: Kava is perfectly safe. It has no harmful

Kava’s health benefits: the 4 it’s most known for

Kava has a long tradition of being used for its calming and relaxing effects. But did you know it actually has some therapeutic benefits? It’s been used as a nutritional supplement for generations and science has shown that kava’s health benefits range from relaxation, up to potentially helping fight cancer. Recent research has started looking into different health conditions. Here we highlight four that have gotten the most notice and

Myths about Kava, de-bunked

In the realm of natural herbs and remedies, few plants have gotten as much attention and debate as kava. With a history deeply rooted in the cultures of the Pacific Islands, kava has been used for centuries for its relaxation and stress reducing effects. However, as it’s gained popularity in North America and Europe, a cloud of myths about kava have emerged, bringing into question its safety, efficacy and instilling

Getting to know the kava plant

The kava plant, known for its calming and sedating effects, originates from the south pacific islands. It’s been used culturally for centuries in religious and traditional ceremonies, as well as a plant medicine. It comes from the pepper plant; piper methysticum. It’s roots are used to create and earthy drink that is known for its calming, and mentally relaxing effects. Other names kava goes by Like many things that have

Research Summary: Kava extracts can boost brain function and mood

This 2004 study investigates the effects of kava extracts on brain function and emotional regulation and reactivity. It’s a double-blind, placebo controlled trial, which means research participants were assigned either the treatment group (with kava) or a non-treatment groups (placebo, or something that won’t have an effect). This is done without any order, and both participants and their doctors didn’t know which treatment they were getting.  What they did Researchers

The Neuroprotective properties of Kava: how it can support the brain over time

Kava is made up of chemicals called kavalactones. These are the active components that act on the brain, and have the neuroprotective properties of kava.  There are six that are known to be the most involved with kavas beneficial effects:  Each has slightly different properties and when put into certain combinations has two distinct effects; Heady and heavy. Heady kavas affect your mind more than your body, whereas heavy kavas

How best to drink kava: tips and tricks to a great experience

Here at Kavahana, we want everyone to love kava as much as we do. But we know that involves building trust and helping you have a great experience when you drink kava for the first time. Here we have created a list of tips and tricks to keep in mind when you are starting out on your kava journey. Drink kava on an empty stomach: When your stomach is empty,

How kava works in our body and brain

So you’ve recently been introduced to kava. You’re intrigued. Maybe you’re looking to cut back on the amount of alcohol and coffee you drink. Or maybe you like the cultural history of the kava root. Whatever the reason is, you’re curious about the stories you’ve heard about it’s relaxing and calming effects. But you want to know how kava works. How do you get the same feelings of alcohol with

The different ways to make kava

Kava is an earthy drink made from the root of the pepper plant, Piper methysticum, found in the pacific islands. To make kava, the root is harvested and ground down into a fine powder that is then added to water to steep before being strained out, leaving just the earthy drink behind. Traditionally this also involved chewing the root to break it down, but we don’t do that here. Kava

Kava and cancer: The potential anticancer effects kava may have

In this study from 2019, researchers investigated the connection of kava and cancer and it could be protective against certain types of cancer. This is a systematic review that identified, assessed and analyzed related studies to gain a better idea of how the protective components of kava work against cancer cells. The specific components they are interested in are kavalactones, chalcones, cinnamic acid derivatives and flavanones. What they did Researchers


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