Kava: The Pacific Elixir: The Definitive Guide to Its Ethnobotany, History, and Chemistry
Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 1997 - Health & Fitness - 272 pages
• The most comprehensive book ever written on nature's most effective stress-relieving plant.
• First paperback edition of the classic comprehensive text originally published by Yale University Press.
This complete guide to kava summarizes the literature and research on a plant that is now considered comparable or superior to anti-stress prescription drugs, and describes its use in the religious, political, and economic life of the Pacific islands for centuries. Beyond its soporific qualities kava is also used throughout the the Pacific as an analgesic, a diuretic, and an anesthetic. There is even evidence suggesting it is effective in the treatment of asthma, tuberculosis, and venereal disease. Exhaustively researched, Kava: The Pacific Elixir offers an extensive survey of this amazing plant from the perspective of the horticulturist, the ethnobotanist, and the pharmacologist.
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Morphology Biogeography and Origin of the Species
Taxonomy and Nomenclature
Dispersal of Cultivars
Origin of Piper methysticum
Active Principles and Their Effects
The Cultural Significance and Social Uses of Kava
The Meanings of Kava
Relating with Kava
Kava as a Cash Crop
Kava as a Cash Crop in Fiji and Tonga
Identification of the Active Principles
Molecular Structures of Isolated Compounds
Physiological Activity of Kavalactones
Cultivation Classification Preparation and Medicinal Use
Folk Classification of Cultivars
Preparation and Consumption
Kava in Traditional Pharmacopoeia and Medicine
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