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Kava Kava
When I was 19, I was lucky enough to live in Fiji and whilst there was asked if I'd liked to try Kava at the local Fire Station during the overnight shift.  It looked and tasted like dish water but the ceremony involved was interesting and the twenty or so Fijians and I had fun passing the night away drinking the stuff.  I had heard it was a 'stone' similar to marijuana although I didn't find this at all - it was mild and relaxing (and I didn't inhale)!
Personally, I'd prefer St John's Wort, however I've posted these reviews and will post more concerning Kava to provide an informed decision and alternatives to Prozac.

Kava Kava

The Pacific Elixir:

The Definitive Guide to Its Ethnobotany, History, and Chemistry
by Vincent Lebot, Mark Merlin
Paperback (1997)

Kava Kava

The Miracle Antianxiety Herb
by Ray, M.D. Sahelian
Paperback (1998)

The author, Ray Sahelian, MD, 1998
A practical evaluation of the clinical uses of kava.
A straightforward account of all the studies ever published on kava. Includes the kava experience, its use in everyday stress and anxiety disorders, and practical advice on how much to take and the importance of timing. Chapters on valerian, hops, passionflower, chamomile, and skullcap.

Kava Kava

Kava Kava:
The Anti-Anxiety Herb That Relaxes and Sharpens the Mind
by Ronald Reichert
Paperback (1997)

Customer Comments
For the busy person this is the brief info source.
Many people want a quick info pack on the uses, benifits and cautions of Kava use, Kava Kava is all you need.  "What a relief!"   Kava pushes the stress factor into the far back ground clear thinking is the result.   You are still aware of the dead lines but that pointless rushed feeling is gone.

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Kava Medicine Hunting in Paradise:
The Pursuit of a Natural Alternative to Anti-Anxiety Drugs and Sleeping Pills
by Christopher Kilham
Paperback (1996)

Publishers Weekly
Truly exotic locales can be visited in Kava: Medicine Hunting in Paradise, Chris Kilhams's odyssey of a medical research mission on the South Pacific island of Vanuatu.
Book Description
Kava, Piper methysticum, is the most effective relaxing and stress-relieving plant in all of nature.   This book is the tale of plant researcher Chris Kilham's investigations into this plant and his far-ranging explorations deep in the South Pacific in search of a source of kava.   Kilham takes the reader on an adventurous journey through the mystical native legends, outlandish history, and exciting science surrounding this potent plant.  A story replete with pulpit-pounding missionaries, kava-drinking natives, sorcerers, a mysterious Tahitian prince, and the author's own humorous outlook amidst difficult and perilous circumstances, Kava is a must-read for those who love tales of travel and adventure and those interested in plant medicine.

Kava Kava

Nature's Relaxant for Anxiety, Stress and Pain
by Hasnain, Ph.D. Walji
Paperback (1997)

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