Anxiety Home > Kava Kava Benefits

It appears that several conditions, including anxiety disorders, spasms, and insomnia, can be treated with kava kava. Benefits of the dietary supplement are often exaggerated, however, and some benefits are more scientifically valid than others. Until more information is available about the safety and effectiveness of the supplement, the risks may outweigh any possible benefits of kava kava.

What Benefits Can Kava Kava Provide?

Kava kava (Piper methysticum) is a pepper-like plant native to the South Pacific. It is a common ingredient in dietary supplements. Kava kava supplements are often claimed to be helpful for the following conditions:
 
Some of these kava kava benefits are more scientifically valid than others (see Does Kava Work? for more information). As with many supplements, claims for the benefits of kava kava are sometimes exaggerated, and these claims must be evaluated critically. Most importantly, it is essential to remember that natural products should not be used carelessly, as many natural products can be quite toxic (for instance, many poisons are natural products). In fact, there have been several reports of severe liver damage possibly due to kava kava, and kava kava supplements have been banned in several countries (see Safety of Kava Kava for more information). Therefore, until more information is available, it seems that the risks of using kava kava probably outweigh any possible benefits.
 
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Other Articles in This eMedTV Presentation
Advertisement


Topics

Medications

Quicklinks

Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2019 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.