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InShape Feature – Anxiety Sufferers Kava is Now Legal 

Kava now legal in Australia
Photo Credit: Scot Nelson, 2014 – Kava

It’s estimated that some 45% of Australians will experience a mental health disorder during their lifetime. In fact, in a year around 1 million Australias will suffer from depression, while 2 million will have anxiety. However, changes to national supply laws mean that one of the fastest acting supplements is now accessible to Australians.

Early in 2017, Western Australia legalised use of kava, a plant-based relaxant. Consequently, this is profound news for anxiety sufferers, says Dr Bruce Kambouris, natural practitioner and supplement RelaxMax Kava inventor.

“When dealing with stress and mild anxiety, we’re able to achieve meaningful results with kava”, Kambouis said. “The fact it is now legalised across the country means more people can benefit from its therapeutic qualities.”

Kava Studies


While studies indicated that kava is moderately effective at reducing anxiety symptoms, ingesting kava can cause side-effects. These range from relaxation, euphoria and a loss of muscle control, when kava is consumed in large amounts. 

However, Dr Bruce Kambouris suggests that the does and regularity of kava consumption are the keys to controlling any reactions.

“Taken at the correct dose, kava is fast-acting and well-tolerated. I’ve seen in my own patients how it can really help them overcome the vicious cycle of ongoing mild anxiety; it makes a positive impact on their coping levels and their daily lives”, Kambouis said.

Studies also back the doctor’s claims. As such, randomised, double-blind clinical trials conducted at the University of Melbourne showed that kava significantly reduced the symptoms of mild anxiety.

Kava reduces anxiety
Photo Credit: Mike Kline, Anxiety, 2017

Eight-Week Clinical Trail

During an eight-week study led by Dr Jerome Sarris, 75 patients with Generalised Anxiety received kava or a placebo. Monitoring of their anxiety levels then occurred regularly.

The findings revealed a significant reduction in mild anxiety for the kava group 37% compared to the placebo group.  The kava group also reported a complete remission in their anxiety symptoms at the end of the trial. Only 6% of the placebo showed any change.

“These exciting findings show that kava offers a natural anxiety management alternative,” said Kambouis.

Dr Jerome Sarris said, “We are not looking into kava to replace conventional care. But, we see it as an additional option.”

Dr Sarris and his team are currently undertaking long-term trials to further investigate the benefits of kava for anxiety patients. These studies are showing promising signs.

To find out more about Dr Bruce Kambouris’ RelaxMax™ Kava, visit relaxmaxkava.com.au.

About RelaxMax

RelaxMax™ Kava is a wildberry flavoured, effervescent kava supplement, which may help to relieve symptoms of mild anxiety, stress and sleeplessness – naturally. RelaxMax™ Kava is made from pure root extract and the patented effervescent formulation optimises absorption for fast-acting results. Each box of RelaxMax™ contains 14 x 4-gram sachets of effervescent powder (standardised to 125 mg active kavalactones). These mix with 125 ml water or milk. The recommended dosage is up to two sachets per day.

This supplement is classed as a complementary medicine. Plus, it is made in Australia under the cGMP (Code of Good Manufacturing Practice). To find out more about RelaxMax™ visit www.relaxmaxkava.com.

Also, each 4g sachet contains Piper methysticum concentrated extract equivalent 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 and 50mg of Sucralose. The recommended daily dose of this medicine contains 307mg of sodium. And always read the label and use only as directed.

About Dr Bruce Kambouris

RelaxMax™ Kava is the latest innovation from medical research scientist and licensed Chinese medicine practitioner (AHPRA) Dr Bruce Kambouris. After seeing increasing numbers of patients with stress and anxiety problems, Dr Bruce pioneered RelaxMax™ as a natural option. A qualified chemical engineer and with a PhD in medicine, Dr Bruce has written several medical publications for the CSIRO. He is also the inventor of award-winning AquaBotanical – pure drinking water extracted from fruit and vegetables. A product that is generating much interest in countries with unreliable or scarce water supplies.

Find out more about Dr Bruce at www.relaxmaxkava.com.

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