What are the therapeutic indications of kawa?

Kawa is a variety of pepper that grows mainly in Polynesia and whose root is used to make an intoxicating drink. It belongs to the botanical family Piperaceae. Its scientific name is Piper methysticum. Often used in certain religious ceremonies, it has medicinal properties that make it important in alternative medicine. Moreover, it is its active ingredients that give it these virtues. A distinction is made in particular between flavonoids, starch, kawapyrones and kavalactones.

Properties and uses in herbal medicine

Kawa has sedative and anxiolytic properties. In other words, it intervenes in the treatment of several diseases related to the dysfunction of the central nervous system. It mainly acts on GABA receptors. The latter are neurotransmitters synthesized by certain brain cells and which are involved in the mechanisms of nervous inhibition. Thus, the kawa is effective for combat stress, anxiety and insomnia.

In addition, it promotes relaxation. Due to its antispasmodic activity, it causes the relaxation of muscle fibers in the event of cramps or contractions. This relaxation can also influence the libido. Indeed, in most cases, the euphoria awakens and increases the sexual desire.

The analgesic effect of this plant is also involved in the treatment of joint diseases. It allows in particular to annihilate the rheumatic and arthritic pains.

Finally, the kawa is a excellent remedy for oral ailments. Indeed, it exerts an anesthetic effect on the whole of the mouth a few seconds after its consumption. It is particularly useful in alleviating the pain of fissured tongues and dental ailments.

Dosage forms

In herbal medicine, we find the kawaii in the form of herbal tea, powder, capsule, tablet and mother tincture. It also exists in the form of homeopathic granules.

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Instructions for use and usual dosage

In order to benefit from the therapeutic virtues, it is advisable not to exceed the dose of 60 to 120 mg of kawapyrones. It is therefore preferable to opt for ready-to-use drugs so as not to be mistaken in the dosage. In addition, the cure must be done within a maximum of 4 weeks.

Herbal tea or “kava tea”

In 200 ml of boiling water, infuse for 10 minutes 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried rhizomes. Drink 1 time per day.


Depending on the needs and the desired effect, take 1 capsule 1 to 2 times a day.

Homeopathic granules and mother tincture (liquid extract)

Refer to the opinion of a pharmacist or a therapist after establishing a personalized diagnosis.

Warnings for use


The use of this plant is not suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women. This restriction also applies to children under the age of 18 as well as people with depression and liver problems. In addition, caution is required among machine operators.

Side effects

  • Diarrhea
  • Liver diseases like jaundice
  • Gastric and intestinal disorders
  • Kawaism: dermatosis due to the overconsumption of kawa


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