Researchers are looking at the medicinal benefits of kava for anxiety, mood enhancement, and pain management.
Karma Kava Bar serves premium Kava (as our name may obviously suggest!). Kava is composed of a group of sugar and water-based kavalactones found in the kava tree. Among other things, it has been used for its medicinal benefits. Researchers are looking at the medicinal benefits of kava for anxiety, mood enhancement, and pain management. These benefits may help people who suffer from chronic anxiety and chronic pain, which can be very debilitating for the person.
Kava is a medicinal plant that belongs to the category of psychostimulants, meaning they affect the function of the central nervous system and are capable of inducing behaviors like addiction and dependence. Kava is also known by other names, including kava, ashwagandha, brahmi, khand, and rasayana. It was first developed in southern India and used as a treatment for muscle spasms and cramps. More recently, however, it has been shown to be an effective treatment for many health conditions, such as: depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine headaches, insomnia, menopause symptoms, urinary disorders, sexual dysfunction, and syndromes related to menstruation. Research studies have found that kava has antidepressant activity and may be useful in conditions related to mania, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and phobias.
In Australia, there are many naturopaths who are using kavalactones for the treatment of candida infections, ulcers, and other inflammatory conditions. In addition, some naturopathic doctors are using kava extracts along with vitamin C to treat Candida ulceration, mouth infections, periodontal disease, osteoarthritis, shingles, and other conditions. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have found that when the herb was taken orally, it produced a decrease in blood glucose levels, which is characteristic of a substance that induces appetite loss. In a related study, the Australian researchers reported that the herb not only reduced blood glucose levels but also improved intestinal function (which is important because of the way the intestines are structured, and the resultant absorption of food) and mental health. Research on human test subjects who took the medium to large dosages of kavalactones had fewer signs of insulin resistance, which is a characteristic of diabetes.
Like all substances that change the body chemistry, some side effects of kavalactones have been noted. However, these are relatively mild and include stomach upset, headache, and nervousness. Some research indicates that these side effects may subside if kava root is combined with another herb, particularly hawthorn. In view of the safety of combining kava and hawthorn, however, it would be sensible to consider a good supplement that contains both kavalactones and hawthorn in combination with a secondary spice, such as cinnamon. Research indicates that combining these two herbs can produce a much more powerful and effective data concentrate.
There are some well-established benefits associated with kava root, and many of these benefits are desirable for anyone with chronic insomnia. One of the most intriguing benefits is its effect on improving memory. Because of the sedative qualities of kava, many people who suffer from insomnia find that taking it before going to bed can help them sleep. However, one of the most troubling side effects of kava is the fact that it has been known to cause hallucinations and delusions in some patients, so this should be a last resort. For these reasons, it is important to use this treatment with caution, especially if you have a history of mental illness or if you take medications for high blood pressure or heart conditions.
Kavalactones may have some fairly benign effects, but these effects are still worth researching further. Because powdered kava can act as a depressant, there are definite benefits when taken before bed. The combination of kava with other herbs like Valerian, kava, and ginkgo may also be quite effective. However, you should be careful about mixing any natural ingredients, because combining them can be extremely dangerous if the right combinations are not used. Consult a professional if you are interested in trying a different blend of have to get all of its health benefits.