Kava is the root of a shrub belonging to the same plant as the black pepper family. It is a native to the South Pacific islands, and has been used for ceremonial and celebratory nonalcoholic calming drink to bring on relaxation and sociability. Medicinally it has been used in the South Pacific to treat gonorrhea, bronchitis, and rheumatism. In Europe it is widely used as a mild sedative- a safer substitute for the prescription benzodiazepine tranquilizers and sleeping pills, such as Valium, Xanax, Halcion, Librium, and Dalmane to treat anxiety, mental sress, and insomnia. Kava in proper doses is best at relieving anxiety without robbing you of alertness. It is also a high gets a high mark as a safe plant relaxant of skeletal muscle in treating muscle spasms and tension headaches. It alleviates mild insomnia because it is a excellent hypnotic. Kava is approved in Germany as a over the counter drug for conditions of nervous anxiety, stress, and restlessness. The United Kingdom lists kava on the General Sales List of approved herbal medicines.
Note; excessive consumption can lead to dizziness and stupefaction and a syndrome od kava abuse has been described. Always consult a doctor before using and herbal healing.