How Kava Kava Works and If Children Can Take It

How Does Kava Kava Work?

It is not exactly clear how kava kava works. There are several different theories involving numerous different brain chemicals which attempt to explain how kava kava works. Kava kava seems to have the following properties:
 
  • Anti-anxiety properties
  • Sedative properties
  • Anti-seizure properties
  • Local anesthetic properties
  • Anti-spasm properties
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Analgesic (pain-relieving) properties.
     

Kava Kava Use in Children

It is not known whether kava kava use is safe for children (or for adults, for that matter). Children may be more sensitive to the effects and toxicities of medications and supplements, including kava kava. Check with your child's healthcare provider before giving your child kava kava for any purpose.
 
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