Kava-kava (Piper methysticum) is a South Pacific island shrub the rhizome or root of which was used in the past as a ceremonial beverage and that today is popular as an anxiolytic. Historically, women prepared the kava by pounding and then chewing it. After being allowed to ferment in bowls, the kava was drunk by male islanders to mark a special event. The herb would induce a pleasant euphoric tranquility and contribute to the group's social cohesion. The active ingredients are thought to be kavapyrones (also known as kavalactones), a family of related synergistically active compounds that include kawain and methysticin.

Eliminating Stress and Anxiety From Your Life

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