RELIEF FOR MUSCLE SORENESS
How Kava Can Help Relieve Muscle Aches and Pains
As well as possessing relaxing effects on the mind, kava is also a natural muscle relaxant, making it a safe and effective substitute for the commercially available medications. It is an ideal alternative supplement when it comes to relieving sore, tired, aching muscles.
Muscle Relaxant Drugs & Their Common Side Effects
Mainstream muscle relaxants are usually purchased from pharmacies or prescribed to help control pain or muscle spasms. There are two dominant drugs used in this area. One is neuromuscular blockers which are often used during emergencies and in intensive care. The other is Spasmolytics which act on the central nervous system.
While these medications can be effective in reducing pain, there are several known and harmful side effects which may occur. These include heart problems and paralysis.
Patients can also feel heavily sedated, less alert, confused or lethargic when taking these drugs; making it impossible to carry on normal daily duties like driving.
Other reported effects include constipation, blurred vision and dry mouth.
Kava as Natural Muscle Relaxant
Through research, greater understanding of the positive effect from Kavalactones has become apparent. Kavalactones are compounds found in kava root. When extracted using cold water extraction methods, as done so traditionally in Fijian kava, the health benefits are plenty.
Chris Kilham from Fox News Health talks extensively about these properties in ‘Kava, Medicine Hunting in Paradise’ (1996, Park Street Press, pgs.. 103 – 104); he classes kava as a local anaesthetic, a “first rate sedative”, an analgesic “superior to aspirin” and “an excellent muscle relaxant” which can “make the pain of an aching back, a sore neck, or any other cramped, sore, or injured muscle disappear.”
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Other Benefits of Kava
Kava is traditionally used in Pacific Islander medicine to promote sleep
Kava is traditionally used in Pacific Islander medicine to soothe and calm nerves
Kava is traditionally used in Pacific Islander medicine to promote body relaxation
Kava is traditionally used in Pacific Islander medicine to relax the mind