“Kava-or kava kava-is a root found on South Pacific islands. Islanders have used kava as medicine and in ceremonies for centuries”(WebMD). Kratom is usually prepared as tea from a powder, but is also available in tincture (extract in alcohol) forms.
Known for its calming effects, Kava can prevent convulsions and relax muscles. Brain wave changes are produced when taking Kava, that are similar to changes that occur with calming medicines such as diazepam (Valium, for example). Kava may not be addictive, but it’s effects can decrease with use (WebMD).
“Kava has a variety of medicinal uses, but it is most often used as a sleep aid, for managing nervousness and alleviating symptoms of menopause, states the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. It is also used for treating asthma and infections of the urinary tract, reports NCCAM. Kava is also used for uterine and menstrual problems and venereal disease, and as an aphrodisiac” (Kaniecki).
“Kava should not be taken during pregnancy as it may weaken the muscle in the uterus, adds Drugs.com” (Kaniecki).” Kava also 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” (WebMD).