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Kava Treatment for Anxiety and Depression

Kava May be a Safe and Effective Treatment for Anxiety and Depression.
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Source: Psychopharmachology
Related Monographs: Depression, Anxiety, Kava
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Anxiety is an emotional state commonly caused by the perception of real or potential danger that threatens the security of the individual. Everyone experiences a certain amount of nervousness and apprehension when faced with a stressful situation. Usually, the response is reasonable and adaptive, and contains a built-in control mechanism to return to a normal physiologic state. For some people, however, anxiety is more than just a temporary discomfort. For these individuals anxiety can be debilitating. It is when anxiety states become excessive or prolonged, particularly if it produces such psychological and physical stress, that the person cannot perform the activities of daily living, that medical help should be sought. Anxiety disorders are among the most frequent mental disorders encountered in a clinical setting. Approximately 8% of the population will experience at least one anxiety disorder in their lifetime.

Depression has been classified as a mood disorder or "affective" disorder. Mood is defined as a powerful, sustained emotion that, in the extreme, markedly affects a person's perception of the world and ability to adequately function in society. Mood disorders, depression, and anxiety are common illnesses in our society. Lost work time, family conflicts, personal strife, and other consequences of the disease can eventually lead to complete disruption of one's life.

Kava has been used for centuries by natives of the South Pacific. Much like coffee or tea in Western cultures, kava occupies a prominent position in the social, ceremonial, and daily life of Pacific islanders. Kava preparations are approved medicines in several European countries for the treatment of nervous anxiety and restlessness. Studies have reported that kava preparations compare favorably to benzodiazepines in controlling symptoms of anxiety and minor depression, while increasing vigilance, sociability, memory, and reaction time.

Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia decided to investigate a water-soluble extract from the peeled rootstock of kava for treating anxiety and depression. The Kava Anxiety Depression Spectrum Study recruited 60 adult subjects having elevated anxiety for over a month. During the three week placebo-controlled, double-blind crossover trial participants were given either five (250 mg of kavalactones) tablets or a placebo (dummy pills). The kava group experienced significantly decreased anxiety and depression levels in comparison to the placebo group. In conclusion, the aqueous kava preparation was proven to be very effective for reducing anxiety and depression without any adverse effects and no clinical hepatotoxicity.1

1 Sarris J, Kavanagh DJ, Byrne G, et al. The Kava Anxiety Depression Spectrum Study (KADSS): a randomized, placebo-controlled crossover trial using an aqueous extract of Piper methysticum. Psychopharmachology. 2009.

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