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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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Kavapyrone enriched extract from Piper methysticum as modulator of the GABA binding site in different regions of rat brain.
It is also possible that druids fantasy contain other ingredients such as Acorus calamus ("Sweet flag", "Calamus"), Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng), and Piper methysticum (kava, kava-kava) (Dennehy, Tsourounis & Miller 2005;
Successful protocol of micropropagation of Piper methysticum. Biologia Plantarum.
(22) Kava, or piper methysticum, is a ceremonial drink which is widely consumed socially.
These psychological effects are thought to be the result of the non specific, complex and multifaceted effects of several kavalactones produced by Piper methysticum on the human central nervous system (Cairney 2002, Sarris 2009, Singh 1992, Singh 2002).
Piperidine alkaloids from piper methysticum. Phytochemistry.
Anxiolytic properties of Piper methysticum extract samples and fractions in the chick social-separation-stress procedure.
You might also consider trying kava (Piper methysticum).
Indications for herbal medicines with clinical implications in the perioperative period Herbal medicine (common name) Commercial use Echinacea purpura (echinacea) Common colds and flu Ephedra sinica (ma huang) Weight loss, energy booster, asthma and bronchitis Allium sativum (garlic) Immune booster, lipid lowering and prevention of atherosclerosis Ginkgo biloba (gingko) Peripheral vascular diseases, cognitive disorders, macular degeneration, intermittent claudication Panax ginseng (ginseng) Diabetes, protection against stress Piper methysticum (kava) Anxiolysis and sedation Hypericum perforatum Clinical depression (St John's wort) Valeriana officinalis (valerian) Sedation and hypnosis Table 11.
The panel found that there was insufficient data to support the safety of Piper methysticum (kava kava) root extract, according to a recent release by the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD).