Facts About Kava Extract
Anxiety is the most common complaint among members of our society. In fact, more people suffer from some form of anxiety than any other health problem. It is estimated that over 40 million people, worldwide, suffer from severe anxiety, which is debilitating and often requires powerful drug therapy. Most of us live with low levels of anxiety and have done so for so long, that we deem it 'normal'.
Having spent must of my time in the South Pacific, I have been familiar with kava for many years. Piper methysticum, or kava kava, as it is called in the islands, is a powerful substance for many of the anxiety drugs. It is highly effective and does not produce the annoying side effects of drugs. Captain James Cook first introduced kava to the Western world in 1768.
In addition to the calming factors, kava has been used successfully to eliminate a vairety of infections.
While kava is considered a sacred plant in the South Pacific and is used in a variety of ceremonies, it is a lifesaver to the anxious Western world. Stress produces both anxiety and depression if left unchecked. So devastating is unmanaged stress that I have frequently referred to it as the "cardinal cause of all disease". Through the use of such natural herbs as kava and valerian, we can gain control over the debilitating effects of anxiety and stress out of control.
From Dr. Steven Whiting's (Ph.D.) book You Can Be Well At Any Age: Your Definitive Guide to Vibrant Health & Longevity, 2000, pgs. 478-479.