Piper Methysticum

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A broad-leafed shrub native to Oceania, which contains alkaloids, lactones, kawain, methysticin, mucilage, starch and yangonin.
Kava plays a central role in tribal life of Oceania; it is ground and fermented to produce a hallucinogen, which is used to celebrate birth and marriage, mourn death, placate the gods, cure illness and remove curses.
Herbal medicine
Kava is antiseptic and diuretic; it is used by Western herbalists for prostatitis, urinary tract infections, rheumatic complaints, gout, anxiety, depression, insomnia and muscle spasms.

Chronic use is associated with dermal, hepatic, ocular and spinal cord damage.
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Neurocognitive effects of kava (Piper methysticum): a systematic review.
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Acute hepatitis induced by kava kava, an herbal product derived from Piper methysticum. J Clin Toxicol 2001;39:549.
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An extract of Piper methysticum favourably affected mood, particularly anxiety, in perimenopausal women in a 3 month randomised prospective open study (Cagnacci 2003).
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