A number of herbs have been found to be effective in alleviating a number of health concerns. Most anti anxiety and anti depressant supplements that are available in the market contain some herbs because of their ability to produce good and happy feelings.
So, the question is, will Kava Kava and products which contain this herb deliver the promised results, or are benefits of this herb outweighed by its negatives?
Kava Kava is a naturally occurring plant that is mostly grown on the islands of the Pacific. Historically the herb has been used for a number of medicinal purposes in addition to its use for religious and formal purposes. The name of this most beneficial herb is not fixed though the most common name for it is Kava Kava. The name of the herb is different in different islands. In Samoa the plant is known by the name of “ava” whereas the name of the herb in Hawaii is “awa”. The herb is also known by just “kava” in a number of islands. Historically, the herb has been used to treat patients who are suffering from lack of sleep, in addition to treating conditions in which patients felt depression and stress. The herb was mostly served in tea or chewed in the old days. With the advent of modern technology and scientific method a lot of clinical research has been performed to evaluate the claims of this herb. Most clinical studies have found that there is some basis to those claims of alleviating the feelings of anxiety. However, the method in which Kava Kava goes about relieving stress is still under consideration. Current theory suggests that the herb contains compounds known as kavalactones which have a positive effect on certain neurotransmitters responsible for improving feelings and emotions. The existing research has also indicated that the improvement brought about by this herb is not radical in anyway, rather it just improves the mood by a small degree. On the other hand, because of the results of the research performed on the herb, the herb and products containing the herb have been banned by a number of countries. The harmful effects of the product include its impact on the liver and kidneys with symptoms like dizziness, constipation, and headaches.
There are a few positives of the herb important among them are the price of the herb, which is the reason the cost of the products containing the herb is not much. Secondly, the herb has been found to be effective in relieving stress by clinical research.
There are a lot of negatives of the herb. The biggest among them are its damaging effects on the liver and kidneys. Patients of Parkinson’s are also not supposed to take the herb. Its negative side effects are the reason for which products containing the herb are banned in many countries.
The herb Kava Kava is a major ingredient in a number of anti anxiety products.
Ingredient: Kava Kava
Though, there are a few positives of Kava Kava, especially its ability to improve positive emotions and feelings, if formulated wrong it could have a negative impact on the liver and kidneys. There are better products available which are made up of a better ingredient mix.
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