Kava kava can be found in islands such as Hawaii. Its scientific name is Piper methysticum and, for many centuries, it was used in Polynesian ceremonies in order to induce feelings of intoxication in people. The root of the kava kava is the part of the plant that has medicinal and recreational uses. The plant is used by island natives as an alternative to alcohol. It is a popular drink in different functions like weddings, funerals, and other communal events. Kava kava does not cause hangovers and it has minor side effects, especially if it is taken sparingly. However, pregnant women are cautioned against taking it. Furthermore, it should never be consumed with alcohol. The potential side effects can include headaches, drowsiness, indigestion, and skin rashes.
But, these days, kava kava is no longer used exclusively for ceremonies. It has proven to be valuable in helping people deal with anxiety, as well as insomnia and back pains. It can also be used as a treatment for children who have sleeping problems or hyperactivity issues. Other people who can benefit from the calming effects of kava kava are business executives, athletes, and students. The kava kava plant works by making the body calm and relaxed. This state can last for as long as the root is within the system. It eases and relaxes muscles, provides feelings of well-being, increases focus and concentration, and generally creates a peaceful frame of mind. In traditional preparations, kava kava was chewed by people or crushed and then simmered in water to create a drink. These days, it is available in teas, capsules, extracts, liquids, tablets, or mixed with health beverages.