|Kava is both the common name and the beverage made from the root of Piper methysticum (family Piperaceae). Kava is native to Oceania, the islands of the tropical Pacific Ocean, where it is used as a ritual drink. Kava is primarily an anti-anxiety, muscle relaxant herb.
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Additional ABC Kava Resources
Kava monograph from The Complete German Commission E Monographs—Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines.
Kava monograph from Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs.
Kava: An Overview: Distribution, Mythology, Botany, Culture, Chemistry, and Pharmacology of the South Pacific’s Most Revered Herb. 1997; 39:33
The Kava Ceremony. 1997; 39:35
Botanical Characteristics of Kava. 1997; 39:40
Chemistry of Kava. 1997; 39:46
Pharmacology of Kava and its Constituents. 1997; 39:50
Quality Standard for Kava Raw Material. HC #081152-440. January 13, 2012
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