KAVA KAVA (PIPER METHYSTICUM)Anti-inflammatory sedative and pain reliever. Relaxes muscles and reduces spasm.
How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Sleep deep all night long with the help of Kava Kava Tincture. Wake refreshed each morning as insomnia fades into the past. The popularity of this traditional Polynesian sleep-aid is steadily growing.
SUGGESTED USE1 dropper full 2x/day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my tincture?
Follow these guidelines
Biocharacteristics of Kava Kava
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT OILY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
In Ayurveda, oily refers to anything moistening. More specifically, oily refers to building substances that increases fat, or are themselves fatty. For example, sugar is Oily.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulates rejection. It is a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
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Mind Stress Sleep
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Kava Kava
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Nerve Relaxant Grounding
Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
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GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid, reduces nerve excitability. It is the body's primary inhibitory neurotransmitter. Thus, it promotes relaxation, calm, and sleep.
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Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.
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Herbs that help people suffering from anxiety or panic. They promote a state of calm and often improve sleep. Most anxiolytic herbs are also nervines.
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Sedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.
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Reduces androgen (testosterone), which can reduce excess growth, drive, and libido. Reduces skin oiliness. Helpful for prostate enlargement.
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Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Compare Kava Kava with these Foods
Chamomile has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Makes-you-tired, Sedative, Antispasmodic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Analgesic, Anxiolytic, Nervine
Poppy Seed has these Actions in Common
Anxiolytic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Analgesic, Makes-you-tired, Relieves-tension, Antispasmodic, Muscle-relaxant, Sedative
Lavender has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Makes-you-tired, Sedative, Antispasmodic, Muscle-relaxant, Anxiolytic, Nervine
Hemp Seed has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Muscle-relaxant, Anxiolytic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Makes-you-tired, Sedative
Pumpkin has these Actions in Common
Muscle-relaxant, Sedative, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Makes-you-tired, Relieves-tension
Nutmeg has these Actions in Common
Makes-you-tired, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Anxiolytic, Sedative
Cloves has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Antispasmodic, Numbs-anasthetic, Anxiolytic
Allspice has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Muscle-relaxant, Anti-inflammatory, Numbs-anasthetic, Antispasmodic
Rosemary has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Muscle-relaxant, Anticarcinogenic, Nervine, Antispasmodic
Turmeric has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Anticarcinogenic, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Antiandrogen
Chocolate (Cacao) has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Nervine, Anxiolytic, Muscle-relaxant
Compare Kava Kava with these Herb Supplements
Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Relieves-tension, Anticarcinogenic, Sedative, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Boosts-gaba, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Analgesic, Nervine
Eleuthero Ginseng has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Anticarcinogenic, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Analgesic, Relieves-tension
Motherwort has these Actions in Common
Antiandrogen, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Analgesic, Relieves-tension, Anti-inflammatory
Valerian has these Actions in Common
Sedative, Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Boosts-gaba, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine
Tagar (Indian Valerian)
Tagar (Indian Valerian) has these Actions in Common
Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Boosts-gaba, Sedative
Skullcap has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Sedative, Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Boosts-gaba, Muscle-relaxant
Black Cohosh has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Sedative, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Anticarcinogenic, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Muscle-relaxant
Passionflower has these Actions in Common
Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relieves-tension, Sedative, Analgesic, Anxiolytic, Boosts-gaba
California Poppy has these Actions in Common
Relieves-tension, Sedative, Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Cramp Bark has these Actions in Common
Nervine, Relieves-tension, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Muscle-relaxant
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Kava Kava may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.
Reviews for Kava Kava
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From an ayurvedic perspective, would this be a safe herb to use while nursing? Safe, defined as, not drying up milk supply, or getting into milk supply and making the child too drowsy? I imagine it could be fine, since it relaxes, and one needs to be somewhat relaxed to have a letdown.
- Sabrina, Clearwater, FL 03-15-17
I'm not sure whether it is safe to take while breastfeeding. Kava kava is not an Ayurvedic herb, so there isn't really an Ayurvedic perspective on it. I suggest talking to your doctor about it.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 03-15-17