Kava by Vincent Lebot
The Pacific Elixir: The Definitive Guide to Its Ethnobotany, History, and Chemistry

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•   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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Acknowledgments 1. Introduction2. Botany: Morphology, Biogeography, and Origin of the Species3. Chemistry: Active Principles and Their Effects4. Ethnobotany: Cultivation, Classification, Preparation, and Medicinal Use5. Anthropology: The Cultural Significance and Social Uses of Kava6. Economics: Kava as a Cash Crop7. Kava: A World Drug?AppendicesBibliographyIndex
Published February 1, 1997 by Healing Arts Press. 272 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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