Benefits of Kava

Benefits of Kava | Root of Happiness

There are millions of people suffering from anxiety and other stress related disorders. It is normal and appropriate to visit a medical practitioner to address these issues. You need to be able to talk to a medical professional about your symptoms. 

Medical professionals too often recommend prescription medication as the first line treatment  before exploring other options. Both alternative and holistic methods of reducing tension are rarely considered before pharmaceutical options.

Prescription medications can help ease symptoms such as anxiety. They can also create more problems.

We'll explore the difference between pharmaceutical treatments, and alternative relaxation methods such as Kava Kava. This natural relaxation method is becoming more popular because of the many benefits of Kava.

Traditional Relaxants

Addiction, drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, trembling, feeling depressed, vision problems, impaired coordination, and grogginess. These are some of the side effects of benzodiazepines. 

Traditional relaxants help to calm you down in times that may provoke a normal anxiety response to stressors. They do this by relaxing your muscles and your breathing. They work. But they are also dangerous.

Tolerance to these types of medicines builds, creating a need to consume more of the pill. This type of behavior leads to addiction.

These drugs also work. However, side effects include excessive sweating, insomnia, strange dreams, weight changes, low sex drive and seizures. And there are more serious side effects to these drugs.

These are terrible symptoms. Eventually, the doctor will begin prescribing medicines to treat your side effects.

Withdrawal symptoms from medicines such as Effexor create a whole new set of issues. Some report feeling as if they are having out of body experiences. Some claim their anxiety is worse than when they started the medicine. Headaches, nausea and confusion are a few other withdrawal symptoms.

Why take a pill created in a laboratory when there are many other natural ways to relieve anxiety?

Natural Relaxants

Yoga, acupuncture, acupressure and meditation are all natural techniques that have been proven to be effective in supporting the body's response to minor anxiety. There are also herbal support options available.

Drinking kava is one of these natural herbal remedies, and it has a much longer history than any man-made medicines on the market today. Below is a list of the benefits you can experience when using kava.

Reported by Neurology Times, clinical trials have shown kava to provide significant benefits in reducing tension in the body.

Benefits of Kava


Kava is created using the roots of the Piper Methysticum shrub. The roots are ground and mixed with water. Those are the only two ingredients, both of which are from nature, not a laboratory.

The active ingredients in Kava are Phyto-nutrients called kavalactones. These bind to brain cells that tell the body to relax and feel good. This is one of the biggest benefits of kava, because there are no added lab-produced ingredients.

Easy to Use

Kava typically comes in powder form. It can be made into a capsule or a tea. Many people prefer drinking kava.

The traditions behind kava drinking are fascinating. There are commonly kava celebrations and rituals throughout the South Pacific.

Place the kava root powder in a tea bag for easy steeping. Or, you can mix the powder with water and strain the liquid from the cloth to make your kava.

That’s it. Just a few simple steps to relaxation.

Take Only as Needed, Not Every Day

Kava can be only taken as needed. It is not something you have to take every day.

The Federal Drug Administration recommends 290 mg is sufficient and comparable to an anti-anxiety medicine. Other reports say to avoid taking more than 200 mg a day.

To date, there are no known overdoses from kava. You still need to be smart about how much kava you take and how often.

The right amount of kava for you may be different for someone else. You may have to experiment in the beginning to find your right dosage. Start with a small dose and see how it makes you feel. You can increase the amount if necessary.

Better Side Effects

Kava does not taste the greatest but that’s not why you are drinking it in the first place. The relaxing effects are what is important with kava.

There are many benefits of Kava, with relief of tension and frustrations being at the top of the list.

When you first drink kava you will feel a slight tingle, or numbing of the tongue. Then a feeling of warmth travels to your brain, signaling your body to relax. Your muscles relax and you feel a happiness towards others.

After kava does its job and exits the body, you will not experience grogginess or hangover like symptoms.

Kava Aids Other Ailments Too

There are many other benefits of Kava. Kava does not simply promote smooth relaxation. It has also been shown to support the body's response to everyday aches and pains, and promote relaxation to help a person sleep better.

Because it attaches to the brain receptors that prevent addiction, many use kava to quit smoking. 

Stress leads to aging. When a person is stressed, they release hormone chemicals such as cortisol. This hormone prevents collagen from being produced, which what makes our skin smooth. Kava allows you to relax, reducing the amount of cortisol and increasing the amount of collagen you receive.

Cortisol is also associated with weight gain. So, it only makes sense that kava can reduce your stress levels, reducing the amount of cortisol released, and therefore; reducing weight.

With so many alternative methods of relaxing, you can be more in control of your journey to better health.

Speak with holistic treatment professionals in addition to your medical doctor. Get them to work together.

Give herbal relaxants like kava a chance to reduce your tensions and help you relax. The many benefits of Kava make it a popular natural supplement. Take care of your everyday stress with a simple cup of kava.


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