Most noted for its anti-anxiety and social lubricant activity.

Contraindicated in Parkinson's disease; it may increase the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, possibly due to competition with dopamine [Schelosky L, Raffauf C, Jendroska K, Poewe W. Kava and dopamine antagonism. [J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry May 1995;58(5):639-640.]

Other Common Names

  • Awa [Herbs of Commerce]
  • Kava kava [Herbs of Commerce]
  • Kava pepper [Herbs of Commerce]
  • Yangona [Herbs of Commerce]