A win in the national fight on stress and generalised anxiety disorders

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A win in the national fight on stress and generalised anxiety disorders

By Dr Bruce Kambouris

We recently had some great news coming out of Western Australia and the Northern Territory that kava is now legally available in those states.

Why is this such great news?

Because kava is rapidly gaining ground as one of the most well-tolerated and natural supplement options, for the symptomatic management of mild anxiety, stress and sleeplessness.

Did you know that a massive 14% of Australians are living with some form of anxiety? This is a complex and dynamic condition that can significantly impact on people’s daily lives.

The news of the changes to the national laws was reported on Channel Ten News earlier this year. The story cited the exciting findings of clinical trials conducted by Dr Jerome Sarris, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, which demonstrated that kava’s efficacy was favorably in the management of mild anxiety disorders.

Dr Sarris’s initial study was a double-blind, randomised trial, looking at 75 patients with clinically diagnosed Generalised Anxiety Disorder, who were administered with either kava or a placebo over an eight-week period.

Their anxiety levels were assessed regularly, and the researchers observed a significant reduction in anxiety levels for the kava group compared to the placebo group.

The trial also showed that kava was well-tolerated and that patient physiology (liver function) remained healthy throughout the trial

Dr Sarris’s findings support what I have observed in practice for several years now: that when dealing with stress and anxiety, kava can be a corner-stone of any health and wellness protocol. Time and time again, I’ve seen how kava helps my patients overcome the cycle of acute and general anxiety; it can have a positive impact to their coping levels and their daily lives.

It’s interesting that kava was restricted in WA and NT in the first place due to its potency and concerns over its misuse in remote communities. In recent times, kava has been clinically studied and shown to be well tolerated at regulated dosages. It can be prescribed by a naturopath or herbalist or purchased over the counter in products such as RelaxMax™ Kava.

The removal of the ban on kava in WA and NT means that more people may be able to benefit from its therapeutic qualities. It’s a huge win in the national fight on stress and generalised anxiety disorders





RelaxMax™ Kava

Each 4g sachet contains:
Piper Methysticum (Kava) conc. extract equiv. to dry rhizome 5g, standardised to 125mg of kavalactones.

For Adults and not for prolonged use. May harm the liver. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Not recommended for use by pregnant or lactating women. Contains lactose & 50mg of Sucralose. The recommended daily dose of this medicine contains 307mg of sodium. And always read the label and use only as directed.


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  6. Ina says:

    Hi, we recently holidayed in Fiji and were very interested in their culture of kava ceremonies and they spoke of the benefits from taking kava regularly. I. E. Stress relief, anxiety, depressions, seeplessness, anger issues, etc. I’m interested in whether this product would be helpful /beneficial for the growing addictiion epidemic in Australia today? We all seem to know someone or a family that is struggling with addictions crisis. Or even for autism disorders instead of putting kids on Meth emph. So Just curious as to any exploration in this area?

    • RelaxMax™ Kava says:

      Hi Ina,
      Thanks for your questions.
      RelaxMax™ is a listed Complementary Medicine with the Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA), as such there are regulations and restrictions regarding how RelaxMax™ is promoted and advertised. RelaxMax™ is an evidence-based listed medicine, which has a long traditional history of use, which includes (but not limited to) the promotion of relaxation, easing generalized stress and mild forms of anxiety. The TGA, does not permit a listed medicine to claim benefits for serious, chronic conditions that require the intervention of a healthcare professional.
      We hope this answers your questions.
      Thank you

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