Quantum Brain Healing uses Kava to sedate the overactive brain. Kava acts on the limbic system and it affects several neurotransmitters including GABA and noradrenalin. The limbic area of the brain is key to your emotions of sadness, fear, and anger.
Kava has anticonvulsant effects. It is an anti-inflammatory and can be considered a secondary level anti-aging herb. It can act as a muscle relaxant on the skeletal muscles and Central Nervous System. Kava is an anxiolytic and may used to treat anxiety. Kava can enhance cognitive thinking skills and improve reaction time. It is important not to overuse this herb.
It may be an adaptogen due to its slight ability to elevate mood and sedate. Frequently herbs that can produce two opposing actions depending upon what is needed by the body are considered adaptogens. Kava is associated with lower levels of leukemia and ovarian cancer by a study at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. It is important to note that there are reports of severe liver toxicity by a few on this herb. This may be due to problems with how it is made or other substances that the patients are consuming while on this herb.
Kava can be used to treat anxiety, nervousness, stress, and insomnia. These conditions are related for many people and the slight sedating effect that Kava has may resolve anxiety and stress. This may the mechanism of how the insomnia is resolved. Kava also treats agoraphobia and may be tied to its ability to affect the limbic area of the brain.
Kava must be supported with vitamins, minerals, and high levels of antioxidants. A break should be taken from this herb on a regular basis. Use a wide variety of organic vegetables and fruits. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, nicotine, and recreational drugs when taking Kava. Do not do anything to overload the liver. A regular liver detoxification is a good idea for anyone taking this herb.
This is not recommended for those with Parkinson’s, liver disease, lung disease, depression, or bipolar disease. Kava has negative interactions with acetazolamide, amiloride, furosemide or with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as benazepril, captopril, lisinopril, quinapril, ramipril, levodopa-based medication, alcohol, Xanax, barbiturates, or other mood-altering drugs. It is contra-indicated in these cases.