Kava Kava Root
Kava's calming effect may relieve anxiety, restlessness, sleeplessness, and stress-related symptoms such as muscle tension or spasm. Kava may also relieve pain.
When taken for anxiety or stress, kava does not interfere with mental sharpness. When taken for sleep problems, Kava promotes deep sleep without affecting restful REM sleep. Kava may be used instead of prescription anti anxiety drugs, such as benzodiazepines and tricyclic antidepressants. Kava should never be taken with these prescription drugs. Avoid using alcohol when taking Kava.
Before you use Kava, consider that it:
- Should not be combined with alcohol or psychotropic medicines. Psychotropic medicines are used to treat psychiatric disorders or illnesses and include antidepressants and mood stabilizers. Alcohol exaggerates Kava's sedating effect.
- Can affect how fast you react, making it unsafe to drive or use heavy machinery.