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BOTANICAL MEDICINE DATABASE
Reduces anxiety and promotes cognitive function in cases of stress and restlessness. Will aid in insomnia, headaches due to tension, neuralgia, dizziness and depression (may help with benzodiazepine withdrawal). Mild antiseptic diuretic in urinary tract infections and useful also in interstitial cystitis. Any genitourinary tract infection or inflammation may benefit from its use. Can be used internally (and topically) for rheumatism, joint pain, muscle tension, neuralgias, chronic pain and restless leg syndrome.
Antidepressive, Antiinflammatory, Antispasmodic, Analgesic, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Nervine, Sedative, Antifungal, Antiseptic, Anticonvulsant, Narcotic, Antianxiety
INTERACTIONS:CNS depressants (alcohol, medications), anti-psychotics, barbiturates, benzodiazepine, levodopa, warfarin.
Capsules, standardized: 100-200 mg kava lactones/day in divided doses. Dried rhizome: 1.5-3 g/day in divided doses (mixed with saliva first). Decoction: 30g/500ml water, simmer 20 min (LOW HEAT), 1/2-1 cup TID. Tincture: (1:2, 45%), 3-6 ml/day in divide