Kava Root- A Blessing as Well as Deadly

Kava Root-

There are herbal roots that can help lessen symptoms or cure diseases. It is very important not to ignore the side effects of the roots. Kava root comes from the South Pacific area of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Macronesia. This root has been known to treat anxiety as well as other cancers and diseases but has been the subject of controversy for harming the liver.

Kava root has been a ceremonial drink in the Pacific Islands for centuries. It is created by chewing or grinding roots into a pulp and adding cold water in which the effects are similar to an alcoholic drink. There are many benefits that have occurred as the result of kava roots such as being a stress relief as well as treating insomnia. Kava roots are also used for epilepsy, ADHD, depression, psychosis, the common cold, headaches, migraines, respiratory tract infections, muscle pain, tuberculosis, and cancer prevention.

Kava can also treat the pain and swelling of the uterus, menstrual discomfort, venereal disease, UTIs, pain and swelling from the uterus, and sexual arousal. The Flavokawain in the root has anticancer properties that can cause significant cell death, reduce tumors, and improves the health of the prostate and breast cancer.

The side effects of kava can be too dangerous to ignore. In the Pacific and Australian Aboriginal communities, kava is consumed recreationally. The common side effects can include drowsiness, dizziness, diarrhea, headaches, and depression. The main concern raised with kava is the effect it has on the liver. In the early 2000s, it was discovered that Kava was linked with liver damage and liver failure. In one to three months, people have been in need for liver transplants as well as liver fatalities linked with kava. Early symptoms of liver damage include yellow eyes, yellow skin, fatigue, and dark urine. This root is currently banned in Canada, Germany, the UK, and France but still legal in the U.S.

Kava has become a popular past time and recreational drink for many sober individuals in recovery. Drinking kava has become controversial because of its mind altering effects. There are no “laws” of sobriety saying what can and cannot be consumed or what would constitute “mind-altering” to the degree of relapse. Many feel that relying on a substance to change mood or feelings is a dangerous pattern. Many others feel that the kava root is clearly less harmful than other chemical substances and holds little threat. Learning healthy coping techniques should eradicate the need to turn to any substance for relaxation or recreation. Identifying your personal tendencies toward relapse-prone thinking is the first step in preventing a triggering experience from leading to relapse.

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