Kava kava. Definition

Medical Definition: Kava kava

An herb native to islands in the South Pacific. Substances taken from the root have been used in some cultures to relieve stress, anxiety, stress, insomnia and menopausal problems. Kava kava may increase the effect of alcohol and certain medications used to treat anxiety and depression. The Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) informs users that kava kava can cause severe liver damage. The scientific name is Piper methysticum. Also called intoxicating pepper, rauschpfeffer, Tonga, and yangona.

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