Kava: 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 ...

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

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Overview

• 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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"A well-written, succinct, yet extensive overview of research on kava from several perspectives."
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"A well-written, succinct, yet extensive overview of research on kava from several perspectives."
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"A well-written, succinct, yet extensive overview of research on kava from several perspectives."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892817269
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,001,421
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Vincent Lebot was a research fellow in the department of Horticulture at the University of Hawaii. Mark Merlin is an associate professor in the General Science department at the same university. Lamont Lindstrom is a professor of anthropology at the University of Tulsa.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. Botany: Morphology, Biogeography, and Origin of the Species

3. Chemistry: Active Principles and Their Effects

4. Ethnobotany: Cultivation, Classification, Preparation, and Medicinal Use

5. Anthropology: The Cultural Significance and Social Uses of Kava

6. Economics: Kava as a Cash Crop

7. Kava: A World Drug?

Appendices

Bibliography

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2000

    The Most Comprehensive Book on Kava I've Ever Read!

    While fact finding for my own Kava distibuting company, 'Kava: The Pacific Elixir' proved to be most informative, and helped me tremendously. I found references to this book in many other articles, and sources as well. It is rife with the scientific history, as well as the cultural Polynesian history of Kava use. It would be an excellent choice for someone who wanted a more complete picture of what this amazing herb can do for all people. Lebot, and Merlin really did their research. A very enlightening and interesting read! Abby Partsch..........Pacific Trading by Fiti

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