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Awa; Kava; Kawa; Kew; Piper methysticum; Yagona 

Insomnia is the perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep because of one or more of the following: 1) difficulty falling asleep 2) waking up frequently during the night with difficulty returning to sleep 3) waking up too early in the morning unrefreshing sleep Insomnia is not defined by the number of hours of sleep a person gets or how long it takes to fall asleep. Individuals vary normally in their need for, and their satisfaction with, sleep. Insomnia may cause prob...

Kava is an ancient crop of the western Pacific. Other names for kava include `awa (Hawaii), 'ava (Samoa), yaqona (Fiji), and sakau (Pohnpei). Its scientific name is Piper methysticum. Kava is related to the black pepper--both have heart-shaped leaves and flowers similar to the flower spike of the anthurium. Kava also has a peppery taste. Since time immemorial kava has been a part of religious, political, and cultural life throughout the Pacific.


Insomnia as related to Kava-Kava