Kava: Medicine Hunting in Paradise: The Pursuit of a Natural Alternative to Anti-Anxiety Drugs and Sleeping Pills

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 1996 - Health & Fitness - 166 pages
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Kava, Piper Methysticum, is the most effective relaxing and stress-relieving plant in all of nature. This book is the tale of plant researcher Chris Kilham's investigations into this plant and his far-ranging explorations deep in the South Pacific in search of a source of kava. Kilham takes the reader on an adventurous journey through the mystical native legends, outlandish history, and exciting science surrounding this potent plant. A story replete with pulpit-pounding missionaries, kava-drinking natives, sorcerers, a mysterious Tahitian prince, and the author's own humorous outlook amidst difficult and perilous circumstances, Kava is a must-read for those who love tales of travel and adventure and those interested in plant medicine.

Kava is poised to become an important and now readily available natural alternative to stress-relieving drugs.
 

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Contents

THE TRUE KAVA
1
A WARM NIGHT IN JUNE
3
THE HAWAIIAN CONNECTION
6
PEACE PLANT OF PARADISE
9
VANUATU CALLING
17
THE PACKING SUTRA
26
BODY SURFING
30
ERAKOR
34
KAVA AND SORCERY
89
THE MONSTER MULCHER
93
KAVA AS MEDICINE
98
THE TRANQUIL DRUG
106
MAKING CONTACT
109
A TATTOOED TAHITIAN
114
BAIE MARTELLIE
121
FIELDS OF KAVA
128

IN VILA
40
SANTO KAVA
49
PREPARING KAVA
55
IN THE NAKAMAL
60
THE KAVA EXPERIENCE
64
COMMENTARIES ON KAVA
69
EXPATS IN THE NAKAMAL
73
KAVA AND THE CHURCH
80
IN THE NATIVE QUEEN
85
NAKAMAL HOPPING
134
DEVILS POINT
140
PANBANGLAP
144
THE TABU OF A CHIEF
149
KAVA FUTURES
153
RESOURCES
156
REFERENCES
157
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The True Kava

1. A Warm Night in June
2. The Hawaiian Connection
3. Peace Plant of Paradise
4. Vanuatu Calling
5. The Packing Sutra
6. Body Surfing
7. Erakor
8. In Vila
9. Santo Kava
10. Preparing Kava
11. In the Nakamal
12. The Kava Experience
13. Commentaries on Kava
14. Expats in the Nakamal
15. Kava and the Church
16. In the Native Queen
17. Kava and Sorcery
18. The Monster Mulcher
19. Kava as Medicine
20. The Tranquil Drug
21. Making Contact
22. A Tattooed Tahitian
23. Baie Martellie
24. Fields of Kava
25. Nakamal Hopping
26. Devil's Point
27. Panbanglap
28. The Tabu of a Chief
29. Kava Futures

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