Kava: Nature’s Answer to Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia

Kava: Nature’s Answer to Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia

Kava: Nature's Answer to Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia

What St. John’s wort is for depression, kava is for everyday anxiety. Native to exotic locales including the South Pacific island of Vanuatu, kava is a ritual and medicinal herb that’s been used for centuries. It may not taste fabulous, but it effectively relieves tension and anxiety without affecting one’s alertness or mental capacities or resulting in addictions, unlike prescription drugs such as Valium. Written by Hyla Cass, M.D., a well-known alternative medicine consultant and assistant professor of psychiatry at UCLA, Kava: Nature’s Answer to Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia is an intelligent, engaging reference to this increasingly popular herb.

Cass clearly explains the herb’s chemical composition without delving into turgid scientific mumbo jumbo, or relying on lifeless quotes from scientific papers. She also thoroughly covers the herb’s various forms–tinctures, tablets, pastes, powdered extract, and sprays–and suggests appropriate dosages for various treatments (for insomnia, for instance, you’d take a larger dose than if you just wanted to calm yourself before a plane flight). Cass also covers herbs that can be used in combination with kava, including valerian, licorice, and Ginkgo biloba; suggested dietary changes to improve overall mood and health; possible side effects; and techniques for managing stress in the first place, so antianxiety treatments aren’t as needed. For anyone who wants to know all about what they’re putting into their body, this is a solid primer.

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  1. Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Kava is fabulous!, July 1 2002
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Kava: Nature’s Answer to Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia (Paperback)
    I have the pleasure of living in the only city in the country that has an authentic Kava Bar. I’ve chosen to remain anonymous to keep it underground, where is should stay. Kava is amazing and this book is just another testimonial of that fact. Kava does just what this book claims that it does…it cured my insomnia, and that’s a fact. I just dread the day Kava becomes the next frapaccino, because I love it right where it is. It is illegal in Canada and Germany and probably many other places, so I’m hoping that that doesn’t happen in the U.S. by people abusing this awesome herbal medication.

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  2. Anonymous says:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Someone Check My Pulse…Quick!, June 14 2000
    By 
    Marc Snyder (Pikesville, Maryland USA) –
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    This review is from: Kava: Nature’s Answer to Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia (Paperback)
    Under the spotlight of increasing popularity, Kava…or Kava Kava to those who think twice about using it, is the latest “miracle natural drug,” alleged to relieve anxiety and stress without side effects or addiction. This book is not bad. It certainly is true to its title, discussing in depth how Kava is nature’s answer to several common aliments. Yet, in our modern world where the newest “fad” goes from scientist to corporation to local mall vendor in a matter of months, the basic question is, “do these things really work?” Take a valium, and you will feel calm. Take a Xanax and your anxiety will be relieved. Most likely, however, you will became dpeendant on these drugs and eventually resort to robbing your local Dairy Queen to support you habit, unless friends intervene and get you to Rehab in time. So there is the true magic of Kava. No dependancy…no side-effects…it is legal…and it works? Well, this book certainly believes it does, and it backs this assertion with several well laid out and researched chapters. The problem is, is that Kava has been used for centuries in elaborate rituals on beautiful tropical islands as the sun is setting and soft island music plays in the background. Oh yea, and they use Kava. Now, if you are not relaxed after that, you are either already dead, or you might as well give up your dream of becomming stress free. Does Kava work in the bog city, with big city pressures? Will a Kava Latte be that far off, or even a Kava encrusted chicken breast? Nothing is certain as yet. If anything, this book is a step forward in educating the public on a possibly promising new alternative to presciption drugs. A message to the reader, however: Keep an open mind and remember, the Metabolife people know where you live.

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  3. Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Congratulations and gratitude, Aug. 29 1998
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    wforte@cruzio.com (Poised between despair and liberation) –

    This review is from: Kava: Nature’s Answer to Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia (Paperback)
    This book continues the progress that is being made in the effort to rediscover the essential links between natural medicine, the human personality, and true health. It can be read to further personal well being and it is a testament of how our leading western physicians are returning to honest, scientifically vaild remedies for what ails us. This book is not only about kava–though it is the most readable account of the traditional and modern uses of that wondrous herb–moreover it encourages us to find our own health in the matrix of Her Mystery that is our own deep self.

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