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Piper methysticum leaves
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Magnoliids
Order: Piperales
Family: Piperaceae
Genus: Piper
P. methysticum
Binomial name
Piper methysticum

Kava is a plant of the pepper family. It comes from Polynesia and other lands in the Pacific Islands.

The roots of the plant are used to make a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties. Kava is used in many cultures in the Pacific Ocean, besides its native Polynesia. These include Hawaii, Vanuatu, Melanesia and some parts of Micronesia.

Kava is pain-relieving, calming. and is usually taken as a drug to relax without losing mental clarity in thinking and remembering . Evidence collected in studies show it is likely to be more effective than a placebo at helping calm some mild anxiety.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Pittler MH, Ernst E (2003). Pittler, Max H (ed.). "Kava extract for treating anxiety". Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) (1): CD003383. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD003383. PMID 12535473.