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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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