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Kava is one of the most important stimulants in Polynesia, where it is appreciated for its euphoric and aphrodisiac effects.
Kava-kava was already well known in Germany by the first half of the nineteenth century and was considered an aphrodisiac in folk medicine. The doctor Georg Friedrich Most (1794-1842) wrote about it in his book Encyclopadie der gesammten Volks-medicin,[Enyclopedia of Folk Medicine], posthumously published in 1943: "The intoxicating pepper (Piper methysticum) is stimulating and inebriating at the same time. The South Sea islanders prepare from it an ava or kava drink by cooking it in water, a drink that they passionately love" (Most 1843, 20B). In Europe, kava-kava was first used therapeutically, mainly for venereal diseases (Lewin 1886, 17). The first pharma-cognitive and pharmacological studies were carried out around the turn of the century (Lewin 1886; Penaud 1908), Today, people like to call the intoxicating pepper the "tranquillizer of nature" (Vonarburg 1996, 61).
In Samoa, kava is considered an aphrodisiac, tonic, and stimulant. the root is also used in the treatment of gonorrhea and elephantiasis (Uhe 1974, 23B; Weiner 1971, 443). Its use as an internal and external paint medicine is widespead (Whistler 1992a, 186B). The kava drink found in Pohnpei (Micronesia) is said to have strong psychoactive effects (Hambruch 1917; Thurnwald 1908). It is said that after many rounds the participants leave their bodies, so that in a bodiless condition they can travel and glide above the tropical island world and are able to rise into the home of the kava plant. They experience feelings of brotherhood and unity with their environment along with erotic visions. "Kava is also a substance to achieve or strengthen intimacy" (Gregory 1995, 41). For others, however, the aphrodisiac as well as the anaphrodisiac effects are still debatable (Lewin 1886, Steinmetz 1973).
Text: Text: The Encyclopaedia of Aphrodisiacs; Psychoactive Substances For Use In Sexual Practices. Christian Ratsch and Claudia Muller-Ebeling, 2003.ShareThis