Make no mistake — Kava is powerful stuff to treat both the causes of compulsive finger picking, skin picking and other obsessive compulsive-type disorders (OCD). Kava extract in the proper doses can reduce the feelings of stress, anxiety and nervousness that frequently precede each act of compulsive picking. It has a soothing and euphoric effect on the mind, and has been shown to focus the mind on the task at hand. This alone would be a helpful thing to OCD suffers who usually look to their compulsive behavior as the thing to focus on. Kava can be a helpful tool in your efforts to modify your behavior.
Unfortunately, controversy over Kava’s rare toxicity has led to tight regulations — and even bans — in many western countries. If you live in the following countries, you may be out of luck for real Kava extract (unless you go black market, that is ):
- Most EU countries (France, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK)
Whether the obstacle to Kava’s mainstream acceptance is the powerful pharmaceutical industry lobbying groups or crusading health bureaucrats — is hard to say. “Big Pharma” always has lots to lose by herbal competition for its synthetic antidepressant drugs. And bureaucrats love to bark orders and dictate what’s good and what’s bad for people.
Let’s hope that Kava and other natural remedies will emerge from the current cloud of doubt that surrounds them.
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