Kava: Medicine Hunting in Paradise

The Pursuit of a Natural Alternative to Anti-Anxiety Drugs and Sleeping Pills
By (author) Christopher S. Kilham

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Kava: Medicine Hunting in Paradise
The Pursuit of a Natural Alternative to Anti-Anxiety Drugs and Sleeping Pills
By (author) Christopher S. Kilham

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Pages : 176

Book Size : 5.38 x 8.25

ISBN-13 : 9780892816408

Imprint : Park Street Press

On Sale Date : June 01, 1996

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : 22 b&w photographs

This book is the tale of Chris Kilham's explorations in the South Pacific in search of kava, Piper Methysticum, one of the most stress-relieving plants in all of nature. Replete with pulpit-pounding missionaries, sorcerers, and a mysterious Tahitian prince, Kilham's journey is a must-read for those who love tales of adventure and those interested in plant medicine.
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About Kava: Medicine Hunting in Paradise

Kava, Piper Methysticum, is the most effective relaxing and stress-relieving plant in all of nature. This book is the tale of plant researcher Chris Kilham's investigations into this plant and his far-ranging explorations deep in the South Pacific in search of a source of kava. Kilham takes the reader on an adventurous journey through the mystical native legends, outlandish history, and exciting science surrounding this potent plant. A story replete with pulpit-pounding missionaries, kava-drinking natives, sorcerers, a mysterious Tahitian prince, and the author's own humorous outlook amidst difficult and perilous circumstances, Kava is a must-read for those who love tales of travel and adventure and those interested in plant medicine.

Kava is poised to become an important and now readily available natural alternative to stress-relieving drugs. 
Table of Contents

Table of content


Acknowledgments

The True Kava

1. A Warm Night in June
2. The Hawaiian Connection
3. Peace Plant of Paradise
4. Vanuatu Calling
5. The Packing Sutra
6. Body Surfing
7. Erakor
8. In Vila
9. Santo Kava
10. Preparing Kava
11. In the Nakamal
12. The Kava Experience
13. Commentaries on Kava
14. Expats in the Nakamal
15. Kava and the Church
16. In the Native Queen
17. Kava and Sorcery
18. The Monster Mulcher
19. Kava as Medicine
20. The Tranquil Drug
21. Making Contact
22. A Tattooed Tahitian
23. Baie Martellie
24. Fields of Kava
25. Nakamal Hopping
26. Devil's Point
27. Panbanglap
28. The Tabu of a Chief
29. Kava Futures

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Author Bio
Chris Kilham has been involved in the field of holistic health as a writer, lecturer, and entrepreneur since 1970. He is the author of The Five Tibetans and The Whole Food Bible, as well as the founder of Cowboy Medicine Expeditions, which specializes in the research and development of plant medicines. He lives in Massachusetts. 
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Book Praise

Book Praise

"Truly exotic locales can be visited in Kava: Medicine Hunting in Paradise, Chris Kilhams's odyssey of a medical research mission on the South Pacific island of Vanuatu."

Publishers Weekly 

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HEALTH / TRAVEL

Join botanical researcher Chris Kilham in the South Seas as he searches for kava, the most effective relaxant and stress-reliever in all of nature. A soothing, safe alternative to dangerous tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and antidepressants, kava naturally eases muscular tension and insures deep, refreshing sleep. Kava-based remedies are used by Europe’s largest pharmaceutical companies to treat everything from urinary tract infections to arthritis, as well as nervous disorders of all kinds, but no source of pure, high-quality kava has been available to consumers.

An exploration of the magical relationship between a people, a place, and a plant, Kava: Medicine Hunting in Paradise takes you on a journey through the mystical legends, outlandish history, and exciting science surrounding kava. Kilham ventures deep into unexplored islands of Vanuatu to set up a kava trade with the natives. Along the way he befriends a Tahitian prince, survives deadly seas in a questionable boat, and discovers powerful varieties of kava completely unknown to the West.With a thorough analysis of kava research, and information on where to find the best kava, Kava: Medicine Hunting in Paradise is a must-read for those interested in adventure, plant medicines, or the cultures of Oceania.

Chris Kilham has been involved in the field of holistic health as a writer, lecturer, and entrepreneur since 1970. He is the author of many books, including The Five Tibetans, Take Charge of Your Health, and The Whole Food Bible, and is the founder of Cowboy Medicine Expeditions, which specializes in researching and launching products based on plant medicines.

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