Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

What is the benefit of Kava kava (Piper methysticum)?

A few years ago, Kava kava (Piper methysticum) received some negative press around its safety but this has since been revoked and it’s safety profile restored. However, those with pre-existing liver conditions should avoid this herb. Kava has been shown to have similar anti-anxiety effects to that of benzodiazepine drugs without the extremely addictive qualities these drugs tend to have. Kava induces a healthy sleep state and can help relax tense muscles.