What is Kava Kava?

Category: Supplements

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Kava Kava is derived from the rhizome, or root, of the plant, kava is from the Pacific Rim and Hawaiian Islands. It is used for anxiety, stress, and insomnia. The kavapyrones, thought responsible for activity, produce skeletal muscle relaxation, non-narcotic anesthesia, and local anesthetic effects.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 9 1
Generalized anxiety disorder 5 0
Promote relaxation 4 2
Problems concentrating 2 1
Bipolar I disorder 1 2
Borderline personality disorder 1 0

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 4
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Kava Kava

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 1
Numbness in tongue 1

Why patients stopped taking Kava Kava

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 1
Expense 1
Other 1
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Duration

Stopped taking Kava Kava

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 2
Not specified 2
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