Kava Kava/Valarian root and MAOs 
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 Kava Kava/Valarian root and MAOs

Anyojne have any scientific articles that I can have my doctor look at
that says whter or not this is a safe combination?  Anything to avoid
ativan for severe  anxiety!
Cathy



Sat, 21 Apr 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 Kava Kava/Valarian root and MAOs


Fri, 19 Jun 1992 00:00:00 GMT
 Kava Kava/Valarian root and MAOs

Quote:

> HI

> I HAV BEEN TRYING PURE KAVA IN POWDERED FORM FOR ABOUT 6 WEEKS AND AT 1ST
> FOUND IT TOB WONDERFUL FOR MY ANXIETY BUT NOW I AM NOT SO SURE ABOUT IT

> I HAVE VISITED SOME WEB SITES FOR KAVA EXTRACT EXTOLLING THE VIRTUES OF KAVA
>  EXTRACT WHICH CONTAINS 30% KAVALACTONES AND STATES THAT THE RESULTS ARE GOOD

> HAS ANYBODY TRIED THE EXTRACT VERSION??

> I SUFFER FROM A LOT OF PRESSURE AND STRESS IN MY JOB AND IT LEADS TO A LOT OF
> ANXIETY MAYBE I SHOULD CHANGE MY CAREER

Hmmmm.......... maybe you should type with your caps off, too.
(Netiquette tip - typing with CAPS ON means you are shouting angrily,
and it is much harder to read, too).

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Tue, 01 May 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 Kava Kava/Valarian root and MAOs

Quote:

> Well Larry now that I have understood netiquette how about answering the
> {*filter*}y question???

I am glad to see that you are picking the idea of netiquette. BTW,
swearing whilst asking questions is frowned on, too. Nonetheless, I will
try and address your question.

To paraphrase Dr McCoy, I am a doctor, not a herbalist. I know little
about Kava, except that it is a traditional Polynesian brew with
sedative properties. I am unaware of any scientific studies into its
efficacy in any psychiatric illness. My personal belief is that many
people are wasting a lot of money on these trendy herbal placeboes,
based, at best, on open-label studies and, more usually, anecdotal
"evidence".

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Wed, 02 May 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 Kava Kava/Valarian root and MAOs
Kava has several mechanisms which may account for its psychotropic
properties: 1. facilitation of GABA transmission (thru a non-benzo site
on the GABA-A receptor, 2. inhibition of voltage-gated Na+ and Ca2+
channels, 3. blocking NE reuptake (but not 5-HT or DA), 4. Inhibition of
thromboxane A2 synthesis.  Although more controlled studies are needed
to demonstrate its efficacy, there is at least one which used
double-blind, randomized, and placebo controlled methods.

Lehmann, et al. (1989) The efficacy of Cavain in patients suffering from
anxiety. Pharmacopsychiatry. Nov. 22(6): 258-62

If kava doesn't work, you may try passionflower or valerian. Then again,
you might try making lifestyle changes too.

Good luck

Quote:


> > Well Larry now that I have understood netiquette how about answering the
> > {*filter*}y question???

> I am glad to see that you are picking the idea of netiquette. BTW,
> swearing whilst asking questions is frowned on, too. Nonetheless, I will
> try and address your question.

> To paraphrase Dr McCoy, I am a doctor, not a herbalist. I know little
> about Kava, except that it is a traditional Polynesian brew with
> sedative properties. I am unaware of any scientific studies into its
> efficacy in any psychiatric illness. My personal belief is that many
> people are wasting a lot of money on these trendy herbal placeboes,
> based, at best, on open-label studies and, more usually, anecdotal
> "evidence".

> --




Wed, 09 May 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 
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