Anxiolytic and calming medicinal plant, used in cases of anxiety or stress, which can be found in the form of ready-to-use medication (tablets, capsules).


Portuguese name: kava-cava, kava-kava or kava kava, kawa-kawa, kava, cavacava
Binomial name: Piper methysticum G. Forst
French name: Kawa-kawa
English name: kava kava
German name: Kawa , kawa-kawa
Name Italian: kawa




Kavapirones, flavonoids, kavalactones.

parts used

rhizomes, roots


Anxiolytic, spasmolytic, calming, anticonvulsant, tranquilizer, analgesic.


Anxiety (generalized anxiety disorder), stress , sleep disorders , arthritis , female sexual desire (desire increases by an indirect effect, due to the anxiolytic effect of kava, according to an Australian study published in 2013), tiredness , menopause . Read: Kava kava, effective against anxiety

Secundary effects

Several possible secondary effects (diarrhea, anorexia,…). When purchasing a medication, read the leaflet and ask a specialist for advice.


Pregnancy, breast-feeding, depression, liver diseases (hepatitis, cirrhosis…). When purchasing a medication, please read the leaflet and ask a specialist for advice.


Alcohol, different medicines that act on the nervous system (barbiturates). When purchasing a medication, please read the leaflet and ask a specialist for advice.


– Kava cava tablets

– Kava cava capsules

– Cava cava infusion (1-2 teaspoons of dried kava rhizomes for a 200 mL cup, let it infuse for 10 minutes in boiling water and drink once a day).

– Cava cava extract

Where does kava grow?

Cava cava grows on islands in the Pacific. The plant is native to the islands of the South Pacific.
The term cava or cawa comes from its Hawaiian name “awa” which means bitter.


– Plant widely used and consumed in the form of a « milk » ​​extracted from its rhizome, in numerous Pacific islands, such as Vanatu. Kava makes a huge contribution to the economy and social life of these Pacific islands.

– An Australian study, from the University of Melbourne published in 2013, demonstrated the effectiveness of kava-kava versus placebo. Researchers believe this is an effective therapy for treating chronic anxiety. However, Australian scientists warn that kava-kava is not effective in all individuals, each person can react differently to this plant. Read also: Kava kava, effective against anxiety

– It is estimated that Captain James Cook introduced kavah to Europe in the 1770s.

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