Kava kava Information


Kawa, Ava, Intoxicating Pepper, Ava Pepper, kava

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Most Common Name: Kava Kava
Botanical Name: Piper Methysticum N.O. Piperacea
Also Known As (other names): Kawa, Ava, Intoxicating Pepper, Ava Pepper, Kava Root

Indigenous to Polynesia, Australian Colonial islands, South Sea Islands and the Sandwich Islands this herb has been part of these tribe's ceremonial customs for thousands of years.

For ceremonial purposes a drink was prepared by a number of people chewing the root of this plant (Kava Root), spitting the masticated herb into a bowl, diluting the pulp with water or coconut milk and straining to get the famous drink, which was then consumed during the ceremony. As the process of preparing must inevitably result in some absorption of the narcotic one must assume that these ceremonies start in pretty relaxed fashion.

Methods of preparing vary from region to region. some tribes pound the root instead of chewing, some also use the leaves and others ferment Kava Kava into a mildly alcoholic beverage. Although some tribes used Kawa for ceremonial purposes only, many used it for recreational and medicinal purposes.

Kava Kava is a stimulant that is intoxicating. Care should be taken if Kava kava is used as an anti-fatigue tonic as the narcotic effect of this potent herb will also inhibit judgement and balance.

It is used for, or in treatment of:

Urinary Tract InfectionsAnxietyDepression
MenopauseVaginitisPain relief


Administered as:

 Powdered RootCapsulesLiquid extract
TabletsSolid Extract 

What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture


Constituents (i.e. what has been reported to be in this herb):

 KawineKavaine Methysticum YangoninStarchResins
Kava lactonesFlavonoidsAlkaloids 


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