Kava As A Natural Muscle Relaxant
Looking for some fitness and wellness now the New Year has started?
The relaxing effects kava has on the mind have been well covered. However, did you know that kava is also a natural muscle relaxant? Making it a safe and effective substitute for the commercially available medications and ideal for use in the health, fitness and wellness industry.
MUSCLE RELAXANT DRUGS
Muscle relaxants are usually purchased from pharmacies, or prescribed, to help control pain or muscle spasms. There are two major types of drugs used in this area.
Neuromuscular blockers are often used during emergencies as well as intensive care, where as, Spasmolytics act on the central nervous system.
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF THESE DRUGS
While they can be effective in reducing pain, there are several known and harmful potential side effects to some of the drugs; 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 A NATURAL MUSCLE RELAXANT
More is becoming known about the positive effects produced by kavalactones – present in kava root of the Kava plant. When these are extracted using cold water extraction methods, as in traditionally prepared 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.”
That’s quite a list for our favourite little plant.
WHERE CAN KAVA MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Given the rise of the wellness industry and growing suspicion of pharmaceutical drugs as the ‘be all and end all’ of health matters, there is a place for the health-giving and pain-relieving qualities of kava in spas and wellness centres. Kava drinks could also be used in the juice bars of fitness clubs and gyms as a great ‘warm down’ beverage for easing aching or sore muscles.
In fact, kava is best used for easing aches of smooth muscle tissue rather than for problems caused by injuries where a stronger painkiller is usually required. Therefore, spas and fitness centres would be an ideal place to offer them; as supplements to workouts, massages, steam baths, aromatherapy, reiki, yoga and other wellness therapies.
As more and more people are prepared to try natural, herbal remedies as alternatives to popping western medicine in the form of pills and capsules, kava may have a big role to play once the message of its safety and effectiveness is more recognised.
As well as easing muscle aches and pains, this humble plant also assists people wind down and calm their mind after a long day at work.
So don’t be surprised to see our Fiji Kava supplements offered at your local health club in the near future!
About Fiji Kava
Fiji Kava’s breakthrough key ingredient – Kavalactones – This is from the Piper Methysticum Plant naturally grown in the Pacific Islands. Through our Plant and food Research, Plus science and technology we have found specific varieties that are chemotyped to target Anxiety, & Stress.
We guarantee Fiji Kava is planted, produced, processed, and packaged by us 100% Farm to Shelf fresh from our Fiji Islands.
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