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KAVA, Piper methysticum
Parts used: Roots and rhizome
Constituents: Lactones, Kava pyrones
Actions Indications
Anxiety, insomnia, fear, nervousness, stress, restlessness, muscle relaxant, menopause associated with anxiety
Antidepressant Improves mood
Antispasmodic Muscle tension, pain
Anti-fungal Relaxing to urinary tract
Herbal extract, 20-60mL per week
Energetics: Bitter, pungent, warm, dry
Meridians: kidney, bladder, spleen, heart
Caution: Liver disease, tong can get numb, high doses; dry, scaly skin
Surgical concerns: May increase sedative effects of anesthesia. Recommendations: Discontinue at least 24 hours before surgery
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