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Kava or as it is also known, kava kava is a root which is generated from the South Pacific Islands. It has been used as a medicine by the locals for the past many years. Kava has the ability to create some positive effects on your mind, as users get calmness due to it and it is as effective as other calming medicines. One of the advantages of  kava is that it does not make you addictive, but the effects of kava may reduce with an increase in its use.
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Benefits Of Kava

  • Kava which is used for calming effects may lead to giving you relief from anxiety and restlessness.
  • When you are unable to sleep well, kava can calm you and you can fall asleep easily.
  • Kava performs the function for which it is used and does not affect any other bodily functions.
  • Kava may be used instead of prescription anti-anxiety drugs, such as benzodiazepines and tricyclic antidepressants.

Different Ways Of Using Kava

Always follow the recommendations of the doctor who guides you and tells you  what the best way to use the kava is and what would the correct dosage is for you.

  • You can use the kava medicine with or without food.
  • Dosage of  kava is dependent on the source of the product and the person using it, as different persons have different capabilities of accepting a specific dosage.
  • Remember your schedule of kava usage. It will cause no problem for you if you forget to use it one day, but you must not increase it without a doctor’s recommendation.

Side Effects Of Kava

Kava is not suitable for everyone and it must not be used for a period of more than 3 months without asking a doctor. If kava is used for a longer duration, it can cause following side effects;

  • Liver problems
  • Shortness of breath
  • Scaly rash
  • Blood in the Urine
  • Changes in Vision
  • Enlarged Pupils
  • lack of Coordination
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Issues in Breathing
  • Reduction in Weight
  • Possibility of Facial puffiness or swelling
  • Allergic skin reaction
  • Use of kava would not be safe when you are driving or using heavy machinery.
  • Your nails, hair or skin may temporarily become yellowish.

Precautionary Measure:

  • When you begin to use kava, you should consider that the dosage of the kava you are using is determined according to the guidelines of your doctor.
  • You must never combine or mix the kava with alcohol or any psychotropic medicines. Mixing it up with them can cause negative effects on your body.
    The Food and Drug Administration has not approved kava for  use and it does not consider it safe since the long term use of kava is not beneficial and can produce such negative effects as discussed above. The most severe effects of kava are on the liver of the users. That is why many countries are working on the removal of its products and stopping people from using them.