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The root of Piper methysticum (family Piperaceae), a plant of the Pacific islands, used by the natives as an intoxicant.
Synonym(s): kava (1) , kava kava
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However it should be noted that this advantage is tempered by continued concern regarding the hepatotoxic potential of kava preparations (potentially containing flavokawain B) derived from an ethanol extraction of ground Piper methysticum root (Kinrys 2009, Zhou 2010).
Acute hepatitis induced by kava kava, an herbal product derived from Piper methysticum.
One of the natural highs is kava or piper methysticum, which means "intoxicating pepper".
Kava Kava (Piper methysticum L), a member of the black pepper plant family and originating from the South Sea Islands, joins Kira's popular range of standardised herbal extracts, complementing the best-selling St John's Wort supplement.
Its scientific name is Piper methysticum and it comes from the South Pacific.
Kava is derived from piper methysticum a plant which grows in the Pacific Islands.
Geographic survey of genetic variation in kava (Piper methysticum Forst.
The term kava refers to the beverage made from the root of Piper methysticum, a domesticated shrub with heart-shaped leaves that grows several feet high.
As living plants, they belong to the domain of botanists, who recognize them as Piper methysticum and Coffea arabica (and C.
Piper methysticum (kava) -Anxiolytic, antispasmodic, pain relief (anodyne)
An extract of Piper methysticum favourably affected mood, particularly anxiety, in perimenopausal women in a 3 month randomised prospective open study (Cagnacci 2003).