Organic Samoan Kava Kava Root
"Since discovering Kava I can't help but wonder, all this medical controversy aside, why this hasn't caught on more. I suspect strongly that there will come a day when it will truly be universally embraced." (typical comment of someone who has discovered kava!)
Kava Kava Root (Piper Methysticum)

Ken Johnson has been using Kava Kava root for many years. He has tried many different types and from many different sources. He has found now what he describes as "the best kava I have had". Ken says "I honestly feel as though what I have in my possession with this new organic kava I am carrying now, is a kind of kava perfection. I feel like: why should I sell this stuff? I should just keep it for myself, and be forever happy and blissed out and 100% satisfied with it!! But...of course I will sell it and feel great to tell people about it and feel happy to spread the bliss around".

Ken believes very seriously that this kava is like some sort of perfect ambrosia or "nectar of the gods" type of substance that one can use whenever one feels like it and always experience a beautiful, dreamy tropical-paradise-like experience every time it is used. Also, he says that the last kava he was using (a very high quality organic Hawaiian kava) was a very great kava which he used for over a year with very good results, but this one is WAY better than that or any other one he has ever used before.

Ken thinks this kava is better than other kavas that Ken has used for these reasons: 1) it does not make you feel wierd, druggy, or tired. It makes you feel beautiful, happy and positive and very thankful that you are feeling such an incredible feeling, and inspired, sort of energetic and wanting to accomplish things and do things. Almost all kavas that Ken has tried before, in one way or another made him feel vegetative, very lazy and just wanting to lay down and do nothing. Not this kava, it is an upbeat, active, productive and energetic kava.

2) Other kavas, no matter how strong or good quality they were, were a very high percentage of fiber, instead of being almost all the soft, milky, creamy, and powdery inner substance of the kava root...the "good stuff". This kava is almost 100% good stuff and has almost no fiber at all. It is a very pleasant and nice feeling to grind the kava root and have it almost fall apart and crumble and turn into soft powder without any work. Other kavas have been a very large percentage of tough, hard, bark like fibers. This kava is about 1/2 of 1% fiber.

3) Many people speak a lot about the "potency" of kava kava root. It seems that the stronger and more potent it is, the better it is, and if it is a super potent kava root that almost knocks you off your feet, and makes you unable to function normally, then that is supposed to be the "greatest" kava there is. Well, it could be, but after a few years of kava use, and trying quite a few very strong kava's, (feeling spaced out and unable to drive, and having motor functions impaired and experiencing almost pyschedelic and alcohol-like intoxication from them) Ken says this kava is refreshing and a pleasantly different one.

Even though it might be a neat thing to all of a sudden feel like you are under the influence of a really powerful drug-like substance, with this organic Samoan kava it is also very strong, but there is nothing that is "wierd", "unusual", "frightening", "scary", and hard to cope with or function normally and in control of all emotions and faculties while under the influence of this kava. This kava is "just perfect"! It is so normal, and safe, and usual, and "everyday", and nothing out of the normal, and simply 100% normal, natural, and 100% enjoyable...for these reasons Ken considers it to be "the best".

As far as potency, and all honesty, Ken says he had to take 15 "00" capsules of the last kava he was using to experience the feeling he liked to feel. With this kava now, he only takes from 1-3 "00" capsules and feels perfect, and never feels the need or even the thought to take more and he never experiences any "longing" for more of the feeling as would sometimes happen with other kavas. No matter how much Ken would take of other kavas...he was still left with a vague inner longing that he would like to feel "more of that feeling".

With this organic Samoan kava root, Ken says it is like a perfect substance that you can use freely, whenever you want, without any fear or apprehensions, and it just works perfectly and makes you feel fantastic every time, with only a couple capsules needed. In a nutshell: it is a very, very, strong kava kava root...but it doesn't seem like it is. It seems like some other kind of substance rather than a kava kava root. It seems like a food or a drink mix or a candy or something like that, other than a "potent and narcotic substance that people feel towards like a drug or intoxicating drink" or something to that effect.

Ken says "this stuff is so great, I feel like eating it right out of the bowl. I love the look of it, the taste of it, the smell of it, and I do not feel anything toward this kava except a deep appreciation, happiness, and a funny, hilarious feeling - like WOW! This is stuff is great. I just love it!!" Our organic Samoan kava kava root is definitely a great kava root worth checking out, and we KNOW you will love it!

In regards to kava in general, Ken says: "If more people find out about kava, I am sure that they will thank god for finding out about it, and this world will become a MUCH better place for them finding out about it also. Kava is a 100% miraculous substance that makes the person who uses it feel like there is no cares or troubles in the world, life is a beautiful tropical paradise, and all is peaceful, calm, and relaxed, and blissful! Myself, I rank maca, kava, and rhodiola as the top three herbs...and I don't care what anyone else says, these herbs are truly gifts from god, and have helped me, and given me more enjoyment and happiness and mircaculous mercy than I can ever describe...I am sincerely in awe and devotion to them."

"Like The Beatles used to say "All You Need Is Love". I think "All You Need Is Kava!" (...and maca, and, rhodiola...AND then LOVE!...) I use kava like some people need to go to church...I worship it and get a feeling of paradise. As strange as that may sound, I am not ashamed, or embarrased to say it, because it is 100% true. Kava has allowed me to get through hard and sorrowful times in my life better than anything else I have known, and I stand and testify before you sincerely saying: "YES, THIS IS INDEED GREAT STUFF!". I remember for many years when they first found out about the liver "scare"...I researched and searched my heart and soul for many months to make sure that this was really a safe product as I thought it was, and that I was not going to end up dead or with my liver destroyed, and I am very, very, proud and happy to be able to shout it to the world today after all this time: "Hey, I don't care what you or anyone else think, Kava is the very best thing there is in this world for human beings, and I will use it always, and always tell other people how good it is. I was pretty concerned and upset about all of this media scare, but I couldn't care less anymore about any of it, because I know Kava is truly a miracle!"

"One last final note...I think Kava is a substance which will become a lot more common and known about, and used by a lot of people as a regular substance, such as people now use beer and wine, soft drinks, coffee, and cigarettes. That is the way that I think about it - it is like an exquisite addition to life which is a little on the "strange" side...but for all of the enjoyment and satisfaction and pleasure one gets from using is totally, well worth it. Kava is totally safe and healthy and good for you also. I think it is going to be the next big common thing that people are using!"

Kava Testimonials:

I LOVE the kava, and take that with kratom and moomiyo just totally clears and balances me for a day at work.

You have so many appealing products on your website, that I feel like a kid in a candy store, wanting everything I see. Incidentally, I think that kava has changed my life. It has enabled me to deal with stress and anxiety a lot better that I have in a long time. Perhaps, we can call it the crown prince of all the herbs
available in its category, a true gift of mother nature to mankind.
Surprisingly enough, I prefer the capsules to the drink, because they
are smooth, clean, and have a quick effect, with no unpleasant taste
sensations. The work you do for people like me is better than most doctors achieve in their medical practices.

I was surprised when my order arrived yesterday! I expected it to take much longer, but it was a pleasant surprise!! I took just one capsule last evening and I slept like a baby all night!! Really great stuff!! I had been using some from Hawaii, but you're (Samoan) seems to be much more potent!!

I wanted to thank you for turning me onto Kava and convincing me of its safety. It has had a miraculous impact on my outlook on life. I recently went through a bought of pretty serious depression and started taking the Kava I got from you. I immediately began to feel better :-) . A few days later the depression and anxiety were gone. Thank you so much. Merry Christmas,

Kava : Well I have to start with the kava because it is truely the supplement I felt the most benefits from, you haven't exaggerated a bit about it ! I used to take some extracts in the past but your root is as powerful as the 30% kavalactone extract I used to take, and it does not make your mind sluggish or feeling indifferent. Five minutes after I take it I feel the familiar flushing sensation in the muscles, it is really fast acting and it has the added benefit of feeling "light and energizing", I just can't stop putting my nose in the bag when I open it, mmm ! It really makes you feel like flying ! Also if you have local muscular pains you can mix the strained powder with some rubbing alchool or oil and massage the paste deeply and then lay some cloth over it to create a poultice, it is surprising how fast this herb brings releif !

Hey Ken! I'm sure your well aware of the wonderous effects of the kava root
but it's still fairly new to me so my excitement about this product is much
abound. I am quite literally not the same person I was 2 weeks ago. I've
been so quick tempered for what seems like the last 20 years or more. Even
though I had great blood pressure, eat organic, don't smoke, drink rarely,
There was still something missing I felt. I don't feel that way anymore and
there's only 1 thing I attribute that to. The kava. Truly a gift from God.
It is so amazing to me that a root from our planet has that
power. My other example is the greater love and understanding I have with my wife. Kava is truly a God send and I hope to never be without it again.

This morning I had kava twice before breakfast and the pain I had yesterday in my shoulder / neck {that nearly drove me insane } subsided so much that it was barely there!!!!
I sure love this stuff! :-)

kava is best I ever had, I ran out of capsules and went to Whole Foods to get some and no comparison!

Hi Ken,
The kava you sent is excellent, probably the best I've used anywhere.

As for the kava, It is working.... which is such a blessing, I cannot begin to say.... Seriously, it is almost too good to be true!
I had to take 4 yesterday... and that took
the pain away. I am impressed so far. Today, I have only needed 2 so far.... and I do not get the after ibuprofen headaches, either.
I am not taking any ibuprofen at all.... only the kava....
..... kava time again..... talk to you later!
...You kava good day....

(In regards to organic kava kava root): thanks ahead of time....had pain only 3 times in the last month...truly
a miracle..I found you for a reason, now, just to figure out how the
universe plans for me to help you....
bye for now
Stress Relief with Kava
"There are many situations likely to make us stressed out and anxious. The use of kava could potentially reduce the anxiety associated with these stressful events, thus minimizing worry and unpleasantness...we are exposed to an enormous amount of psychological stress: We drive to work in the morning in horn-honking heavy traffic. Our work involves difficult bosses, deadlines, phone calls to return, and projects to complete. We have the traffic again on the way back home, dinner to prepare, active children to keep under control, feed, an nurture, bills to pay, and a home and garden to maintain...Kava, if used appropriately, could help us reduce the stress in our lives, and it can even be used to prevent or decrease the amount of stress or anxiety we anticipate being exposed to." (quoted from Kava: the Miracle Antianxiety Herb, Dr. Ray Sahelian, 1998, pgs. 58-60)
Kava Relaxes Muscles
According to Chris Kilham's book 'KAVA, Medicine Hunting in Paradise' (1996, Park Street Press, pgs.. 103 - 104) "First and foremost, kava is a local anesthetic, with potency similar to that of cocaine and procaine. It numbs the tongue and throat when drunk in its traditional form or when taken orally as a liquid extract. Kava is a first-rate sedative, producing a state of calm, and promoting sleep if taken in sufficient quantity. Kava is an excellent analgesic, but its mode of activity as a pain reliever has yet to be determined. It is superior to aspirin in its analgesic effects, and less potent than morphine. Kava is an excellent muscle relaxant and can make the pain of an aching back, a sore neck, or any other cramped, sore, or injured muscle disappear."
Thoughts Come Clearly
"Your head is affected most pleasantly.Thoughts come clearly. You feel friendly; not beer sentimental; never cross. The world gains no new color or rose tint; it fits its pieces and is one (easily understandable) whole. You cannot hate with kava in you, and so it is used in making up of quarrels, and in peace-making."(Tom Harrison in his 1937 book "Savage Civilization" as requoted in the Japan Times, June 22, 1996)

In this age of daily stress and turmoil why not discover for yourself what the Pacific Islanders have known for ages, KAVA. A natural, unadulterated, non-synthesized product of nature grown on the tropical soils of the Pacific Islands.

General Information About Kava Kava Root
Name: Kava - Piper methysticum

Other Common Names: Ava Intoxicating Pepper, Ava Pepper, Kava Kava, Yagona, Piper methysticum

Range: Polynesia, Sandwich Islands, South Sea Islands. Official in the Australian Colonies.

Kava does promote relaxation and sociability, but its effects are very different from those produced by either alcohol or synthetic tranquilizers. It does not produce a hangover, and, even more significant, it does not cause dependency or addiction.

Kava root has been found valuable in the treatment of Neuralgia, particularly of the trifacial nerve, toothache, earache, ocular pain, reflex neuralgia, anorexia, gonorrhoea both acute and chronic, vaginitis, leucorrhoea, nocturnal incontinence and other ailments of the genitourinary tract. Being a local anaesthetic it relieves pain and has an aphrodisiac effect; it has also an antiseptic effect on the urine. The capsules usually contain 0.3 gram; two to four can be given several times per day. As Kava is a strong diuretic it is useful for gout, rheumatism, bronchial and other ailments, resulting from heart trouble.

Preparations of kava extract began to appear on the European market, usually standardized to provide a daily dosage in the range of 60–120 mg of kavapyrones. German Commission E, the group responsible for evaluating the safety and efficacy of botanical medicines, reviewed the data on kava and, in 1990, approved its use for conditions such as nervous anxiety, stress, and restlessness. It is frequently marketed as an anxiolytic. Kava and its contained pyrones are, without question, effective medications.

Known Hazards: Use of kava is contraindicated during pregnancy, nursing, and in cases of depression caused by internal factors. Long-term consumption of very large quantities of kava may result in a yellow coloration of the skin, nails, and hair, allergic skin reactions, visual and oculomotor equilibrium disturbances. For this reason, Commission E recommends that kava not be consumed for longer than 3 months without medical advice. Driving and operating machinery during consumption should be avoided.
"The Liver Scare"
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers of the potential risk of severe liver injury associated with the use of kava-containing dietary supplements. Kava (Piper methysticum) is a plant indigenous to the islands in the South Pacific where it is commonly used to prepare a traditional beverage. Supplements containing the herbal ingredient kava are promoted for relaxation (e.g., to relieve stress, anxiety, and tension), sleeplessness, menopausal symptoms and other uses. FDA has not made a determination about the ability of kava dietary supplements to provide such benefits.

Liver-related risks associated with the use of kava have prompted regulatory agencies in other countries, including those in Germany, Switzerland, France, Canada, and the United Kingdom, to take action ranging from warning consumers about the potential risks of kava use to removing kava-containing products from the marketplace. Although liver damage appears to be rare, FDA believes consumers should be informed of this potential risk.
...Here Is The Truth (The Root Of The Matter!)
Dr. P. A. Cox, director of Hawaii’s National Tropical Garden, commented: “The indigenous people of the Pacific have used kava longer than anyone in Europe and if there is a liver threat then they should be suffering from it. I have never heard of a single case of liver toxicity caused by kava in nearly three decades of familiarity with it.”
UH Scientists May Have Solved Kava Mystery
By Kevin Dayton
Monday, April 7, 2003 Honolulu Advertiser Big Island Bureau HILO, Hawai'i

A team of University of Hawai'i scientists may have solved the mystery of why some Europeans who used products containing kava extract suffered severe liver damage, prompting a number of nations to ban sales of the herbal supplement.

The culprit may be a compound found in the stem peelings and leaves of the kava plant — known in Hawai'i as 'awa — but not in the roots that are used to make the traditional kava drink consumed by Pacific Islanders. Just to be safe, people should avoid tea or anything else made from the leaves or stems of the plant, according to C.S. Tang, professor of molecular biosciences and biosystems engineering at UH-Manoa.

Bans in Singapore, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom and elsewhere wiped out pharmaceutical sales of kava and virtually destroyed it as an export crop in Hawai'i. While kava supplements are not banned in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory in March 2002 warning of the potential risk of severe liver injury from dietary supplements containing kava. The health alarms left farmers in Hamakua and elsewhere with crops that were hardly worth harvesting.

Experts were unable to explain how a plant used in island cultures for 2,000 years could suddenly be so toxic, causing liver damage that was fatal in some cases. Now researchers led by Tang believe they may have found the key: Peelings from the stem bark of kava plants apparently were used to create the extract for the herbal supplements, and may be to blame for liver failure and liver-related injuries that included hepatitis and cirrhosis.

Traditional kava drinkers discard the peelings, but Tang and his team learned from a trader in Fijian kava that European pharmaceutical companies eagerly bought up the peelings when demand for kava extract soared in Europe in 2000 and 2001. "Peelings are traditionally avoided by the kava drinkers with good reason," Tang said. "If you don't respect the traditional use or people who learn by experience, if you don't respect that, you might get yourself in trouble."

Supplements containing kava are promoted as remedies for sleeplessness and menopausal symptoms.

Drinking kava has not been associated with liver damage.

In Europe, where most of the health problems occurred, kava extract is used in capsule form, and the cases of liver damage apparently involved people who took the capsules, the scientists reported.

In a research paper accepted for publication in the scientific journal Phytochemistry, researchers Klaus Dragull, W.Y. Yoshida and Tang report they found an alkaloid called pipermethystine in tests of stem peelings and kava leaves. Pipermethystine also was present in lower concentrations in the bark of the stump but was not found in the root itself. The root is what is used to make the traditional drink.

Preliminary tests by researcher Pratibha Nerurkar show pipermethystine has a "strong negative effect" on liver cell cultures. If peelings containing the alkaloid were used to make kava capsules — and the scientists suspect they were — that could explain the liver damage in some of the people who took the capsules.

The peelings were available during the kava boom because kava drinkers in the Pacific didn't want them, and the stem peelings contain high levels of kavalactones, the ingredient in kava that provides its calming effects. The Fijian kava dealer reported the peelings had emerged as a very important trading item because "it's cheap and it's a waste product by the kava drinkers, therefore the pharmaceutical companies, they love it and it became part of the trade," Tang said.

The UH researchers also learned that the analysis method used by some companies to test plant products could not detect the difference between the alkaloids and kavalactones, "and therefore they mistakenly thought there's no problem, that it's similar stuff," Tang said. "I'm fairly optimistic that we are on the right track, because everything seems to be falling into the picture because of the use of peelings," Tang said. "But like any scientist, I would say that nothing is final until our results are accepted by the regulatory agencies."

If the researchers are right, kava could again emerge as a viable export crop. But that could take quite awhile. At its peak in 2001, the state Department of Agriculture estimates there were 65 farms in Hawai'i growing kava, but growers agreed that has dropped off dramatically.

Matthew Archibald, vice president of operations for Agrinom, an agricultural company in Hakalau on the Big Island, said the UH research is an important step in resuscitating the kava industry worldwide, but that it could take years and millions of dollars to rebuild the European market. In August 2001, Agrinom was shipping 50,000 pounds of dried kava a month, grossing $300,000. That operation collapsed two months later when the German government banned sales. "The damage has been done," he said. "For example, we're not going to get into Germany for a very, very long time. There would have to be some major development for us to be able to get back in there. But if someone could open up China, for example, where they're more accepting of herbal medicines in general, that could be a possibility."

Reach Kevin Dayton at or (808) 935-3916.
Toxicologist Concludes Kava Does Not Damage Liver
By Lauren Piscopo
From The April 2002 Issue of Natural Foods Merchandiser

A University of Illinois researcher is disputing recent claims that kava is linked to liver problems. Donald P. Waller, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and toxicology, analyzed the same adverse event reports that led to the herb's safety being questioned throughout Europe as well as North America, Australia and New Zealand (see "European Studies Link Kava To Liver Damage," NFM, February 2002). In Report on Kava and Liver Damage, Waller concluded that there is "no clear evidence that the liver damage reported in the United States and Europe was caused by the consumption of kava."

A coalition of dietary supplements industry associations, including the American Herbal Products Association, National Nutritional Foods Association, American Botanical Council, Council for Responsible Nutrition and Utah Natural Products Alliance, commissioned Waller to evaluate 26 kava-related AERs received by the FDA between May 1998 and September 2001, as well as 30 Swiss and German AERs gathered in the last 11 years.

"We wanted to know, from an unbiased and qualified scientific perspective, whether the case reports that emerged are evidence of an actual association between kava and liver damage," said Michael McGuffin, AHPA president. "If that is the case, we need to know that to carry out our mission to promote responsible commerce; if that is not the case, we need to know that so we can be prepared to respond appropriately."

Although all of the German AERs reported liver problems, only five U.S. cases involved liver effects. Waller reported "no scientifically supported association of liver disease with the use of kava ... using the FDA AERs."

Further, when Waller reviewed the nonliver-related FDA AERs, he found two cases of excessive kava consumption that, "from a toxicological perspective ... provide some evidence that kava itself is not a direct hepatotoxin, even in extremely high concentrations."

In the report, delivered to the FDA on Feb. 19, Waller criticized the German and Swiss case reports as lacking in "specific clinical and historical information" and recommended they be "revisited where possible to obtain further information."

Waller concluded: "Kava when taken in appropriate doses ... has no scientifically established potential for causing liver damage." But he warned that any pharmacologically active agent can interact with drugs, pre-existing conditions and hypersensitivity reactions, possibly affecting the substance's toxicity.

Waller also said taking kava may not be appropriate with "concomitant intake of prescription drugs associated with liver damage, excessive alcohol consumption and pre-existing liver disease with compromised liver function."

This advice matches industry recommendations, including AHPA's suggested label statement for kava products, NNFA's position on the herb ( and ABC's recommendations to kava consumers ((see "European Studies Link Kava To Liver Damage," NFM, February 2002).

The industry coalition is awaiting a response from the FDA and "will continue to evaluate the situation," said Loren Israelsen, UNPA executive director. "We want to work closely with the FDA to find the best solution where everybody is in agreement that the goal is to protect consumer safety. But [the goal is] also to not preemptively remove a product from the market unless there is a good reason to do so."

—With additional reporting by Sue Blanchard and Shane Starling

Please Note: *You Are Advised To NOT Use Kava If You Are Taking Drugs, Alcohol, Or Prescription Medicines. THEY DO NOT MIX!

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