Kava Extract Information
There is some evidence that kava (Piper methysticum), a pepper-like plant native to the South Pacific, may be effective for several uses, such as:
- Treating anxiety, including anxiety associated with menopause
- Preventing or reducing withdrawal symptoms from benzodiazepines (certain medications used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and seizures).
Kava is claimed to be a useful supplement for people who have insomnia or who want to reduce stress. However, more research is needed to say with certainty if the extract works for these uses.
Be sure to review the safety information for kava extract before taking this supplement. Even though this is a "natural" product, side effects (such as dizziness, upset stomach, and liver damage) are possible. It's also important to know the warning signs of an allergic reaction or other serious problem that requires prompt medical attention.
(Click Kava for more detailed information on this supplement. This article looks at kava's effects within the body and lists some of the factors that increase your risk of side effects.)