Latin: Piper methysticum
Country of Origin: Vauatu
Actions: Anagelsic, anaphrodisiac, anesthetic, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, diaphoretic, diuretic, euphoric, hypnotic, muscle relaxant, nervine, psychoactive, sedative, siliagogue, soporific, stimulant, tonic
Energetics: Drying, warming, bitter, and pungent
Precautions: Avoid if pregnant, nursing, if you have Parkinson’s disease, or severe depression. Do not take with any alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or antidepressants. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery after taking kava kava. Though not habit forming, kava kava should still only be used on occasion.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this description is purely for historical or entertainment value and is not designed to treat, diagnose or cure any diseases. If you have any current medical conditions, please seek the advice of a medical practitioner. The individual herbs offered here have not been tested for efficacy with regard to the contents of vitamins, minerals or other constituents.
References: Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine