Kava Kava root is traditionally used in Herbal Medicine for its calmative properties, helping to produce feelings of relaxation to relieve anxiety, restlessness or nervousness. Kava Kava can also function as a mild sedative or sleep aid.
Kava is a tall shrub that grows in the Pacific islands. The root (rhizome) is the part of the plant used medicinally. Kavalactones could increase CNS levels of monoamines, which are involved in the pathophysiology of depression and anxiety, by blocking their neuronal uptake.