👇👇♻ from @_doctor.g_ - Native to the Southern Pacific islands, Kava (Piper methysticum) has been used traditionally as a potent anxiolytic. It is considered one of the strongest anti-anxiety remedies around and is commonly used as a tea, tincture or capsule. The major therapeutic constituents are the kavalactones and kavapyrones. ☕️ There is a robust amount of well powered studies that show kava is AS EFFECTIVE as traditional benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, ect) for non psychotic anxiety. ☕️ A double blind placebo controlled study by Malsch et al. concluded that kava showed efficacy in reducing anxiety and was an effective substitute for benzodiazepines with STATISTICALLY BETTER results. . ☕️️Numerous other double blind placebo controlled studies also show kava to be significantly more effective than placebo on anxiety scores and sense of well being. It can also improve sleep. The majority of the studies were on high kavalactone formulas vs kavapyrones. ☕️ Liver concerns: Several countries have banned the use of kava based on case reports of liver toxicity and failure. There were 82 reports. BUT a systematic review of these cases revealed that 20 were unrelated to kava, 7 were doubtfully related, 31 did not have sufficient evidence, and 21 were confounded to coingestion with pharmaceuticals. No causation has been established. In fact, kava appears to be safe in both animals/ humans. One human study showed NO EFFECT on liver enzymes at 150mg per day for 4 weeks. Although it appears to be safe proceed with caution/ consult with a doctor if you are on medications, drinking alcohol, and/or have a history of liver issues. . ✨This stuff is awesome. I do not use it daily, only situationally in high stress situations. It will not sedate you but will "take the edge off" really nicely. If your lips tingle don't worry it's not an allergy, it's a natural reaction. Kava is increasing in popularity, many Kava bars are opening as an alternative to drinking alcohol. Patients of mine have deemed this a "lifesaver" for anxiety attacks. Remember, this only provides symptomatic relief and the key to permanent healing and relief is getting to the root cause.