Does Kava Kava Cure Anxiety?

By: Zinn Jeremiah

Though it may be just perception, stress seems as if it's becoming more and more prevalent. Stress is certainly a common condition in today's society, and everyone has experienced what they would describe as stress at some point. Living in modern society requires making frequent adjustments, and there's also the issue of dealing with the common responsibilities all people have. Sometimes the expectations of life can feel overwhelming, and can extend people beyond a comfortable point. Because the feeling of stress is typically so unpleasant, people tend to react strongly to it. Even more than reacting strongly to stress perhaps is the desire to see stressful feelings go away.

A growing number of people have become committed to using what are thought of as natural treatments for various disorders. Natural in this case is often seen as something that doesn't originate from a pharmaceutical company, or something that organically appears in nature. Those who advocate using treatments that are sometimes referred to as natural say these sorts of treatments operate more in harmony with the human body than a treatment produced under controlled conditions; additionally, there are those who believe so-called natural treatments generally have minimal toxic effects.

The desire to go natural has also found its way into anxiety treatment. A plant known as Kava Kava is increasingly being sold and used for the treatment of an anxious condition. Kava Kava grows naturally in regions of the South Pacific, and the peoples there have been using Kava Kava for generations. Kava Kava has specifically been used over time as part of religious ceremonies, and as a cure for insomnia and muscle tension. The ingredient used for treatment is found in the root of the Kava Kava plant, and studies have suggested a correlation between this active ingredient and enhanced mood. To be specific, Kava Kava is thought to have an effect on particular brain chemicals and to have a relaxing effect.

Though on its face Kava Kava may sound like an appealing treatment for anxiety, there are reports of Kava Kava usage being linked to severe liver damage. To be fair, there isn't conclusive evidence that small amounts of Kava Kava will cause liver damage. There are those who claim the liver damage effects sometimes coinciding with Kava Kava usage are actually the effects of other causes, such as alcoholism. Whether there is an actual link or not, the reports of Kava Kava leading to liver damage reminds us that not everything that occurs in nature is good for us. A point that's worth being aware of is that there are various treatments for anxiety aside from Kava Kava, and many of these treatments have been proven safe and effective.

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