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Use of Kava (Piper methysticum) to Treat Depression and Anxiety

Discussion in 'Medications & Substances' started by anthony, Sep 5, 2006.

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  1. anthony

    anthony Renovation Aficionado Founder

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    I thought I would post this in regard to what this is about in relation to the use of Kava to treat depression and anxiety as a natural alternative, opposed to the hyprocratic BS that the drug companies support. What this article forgets to mention, is that funnily enough, drug manufacturers donate large sums of money to organizations like the FDA, and are basically all in bed with one another, itchy scratchy.

    Wow... what a lot of hypocritical BS the FDA have to say, compared to what your about to read below. Maybe if the FDA and drug companies did as much prior research as natural therapies have gone through for thousands of years... gee... thousands of years vs. decades. You make your choice who is making more money and has more to lose, compared to natural alternatives that make little money, and come with less risk of any side effects, period.
    Source: http://www.cassmd.com/library/kava.warnings.html
     
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    There is a very simple solution regarding this; a blood test can be taken at 1 or 2 months after starting treatment, or as your doctor advises. This is regardless of the medication used, whether Kava or conventional medicines which also require blood be checked for liver function via a simple blood sample.

    Tricyclics are known to potentially cause liver damage, as are SSRIs particularly where patients are also abusing alcohol which is also particualarly common with PTSD and/or taking benzodiazepines in conjunction with SSRIs

    You should have had a blood test after starting treatment with standard practise antidepressants, and if this has not been done, it would be worthwhile requesting it be performed. It depends mostly on the level of healthcare in the country. In Germany it is performed automatically 1-2 months after starting medication, yet in England I have heard of someone taking this medication for over ten years and a blood test was at no time discussed.

    It does also depend on dosage levels, but also on therapies where the load is increased on the liver due to more than one medication being taken.

    This would apply where SSRIS (eg Zoloft, Citalopram, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSRI ) were used in conjunction with benzodiazepines (eg Xanax, Clonazepam, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzodiazepine). Treatment with benzodiazepines needs to be administered with care due to abuse and dependency issues as does with some SSRI medication.
     
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