Kava: The Pacific Elixir

The Definitive Guide to Its Ethnobotany, History, and Chemistry

Kava: The Pacific Elixir

•   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. 
  • Healing Arts Press | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780892817269 | 
  • February 1997

About the Authors

Vincent Lebot

Vincent Lebot was a research fellow in the department of Horticulture at the University of Hawaii.

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Mark Merlin

Mark Merlin is an associate professor in the General Science department at the same university.

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Lamont Lindstrom

Lamont Lindstrom is a professor of anthropology at the University of Tulsa.

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