Kava, also known as Piper Methysticum, is a tall shrub in the pepper family that grows in the South Pacific islands. It has been used there for thousands of years as a folk remedy and as a social and ceremonial beverage. It has been shown to help anxiety, stress, insomnia, PTSD, depression and epilepsy. The part of the plant used medicinally is the root. Although the root was traditionally chewed or made into a beverage, kava is now widely available in capsule, tablet, beverage, tea, and liquid extract forms. The main active components in kava root are called kavalactones. Specific types of kavalactones include dihydrokavain, methysticin, kavain, diliydromethysticin, dihydrokawain, yangonin and desmethoxyyangonin. Care must be taken to avoid over use, as it may worsen pre-existing liver conditions.
Recommended adult use is 1-2 capsules every 5-6 hours as needed.
Do not exceed more than 6 per day for more than 3 days in a row.