Author: Jan Scholten
622.64.06 Piper methysticum
Names: Piper methysticum (= methyskomai, Greek, 'to stupefy oneself).
Names: Kava Kava; Ava.
Use: Polynesia, in social, political and religious life, political gatherings, marriages, funerals, secular feasts, a symbol of peace and friendship, it is used to establish and cement friendly relations.
Botany: tall shrub-like plant, which can reach a height of 4 metres, is indigenous to the Pacific Islands; dry, lime-rich soil; mountain regions; propagation is vegetative.
Liveliness, exaltation, hilarity, enjoyment; carefree, euphoric, blissful.
Energetic, working with pleasure, without fatigue; nervous highest tension; restless; desire to change position.
Faculties, perception, thinking, sharpened, heightened, sensitive.
Faculties reduced, weak, tired, dull, lazy, drowsy, neurasthenia, lethargy, mental weakness, brain-fag, < morning, > rising, > moving.
Want of tone and life in all functions towards night.
Timidity and apprehension.
Fantastic ideas and desire to skip about, although he cannot for a moment hold himself on his legs.
Pains, > diversion, > turning mind to another topic, < reading and thinking.
Speech increased, eloquent, detailed, with respect.
Addictions to alcohol, opium.
Dreams: amorous, erotic.
Dreams: active, vivid, varied, exciting, curious, nonsensical, wild, absurd, incoherent, horrid, anxious; unnatural.
Dreams: sore throat, frontal headache, could not swallow.
Dreams: journey, railroad; parties, pleasure, surprise to friend; amorous; being busy; great fire, roof falls in, crashed; fighting for liberty.
Dreams: fighting several unknown gents, left them to follow an unknown female and when she left me, found she had conducted me to a prayer-meeting, which must have changed to a restaurant, for I ordered a Hamburg beefsteak but awoke before it was served.
Sensation: swelling, dilatation.
Weather: < open air.
Food: < before meals, (sour belching).
Sleep: sleeplessness, overwhelming intoxicated.
Physical: >< motion; > closing eyes; > changing position, < going down stairs.
General: emaciation, decrepitude; intoxication.
Nervous: trembling; catalepsy.
Vertigo: > closing eyes.
Head: headache temples.
Eyes: disturbances vision.
Mouth: saliva acid, intensely smarting; toothache.
Lungs: tuberculosis, asthma.
Abdomen: colic with flatulence.
Rectum: anus prolapsed.
Urinary: bladder complaints; cystitis; urethritis; urine uric acid, excess, albumen; urination painful, burning urethra, < urination, < walking.
Male: orchitis; prostate disorders.
Limbs: gout, rheumatism; arthritis deformans; corpulence; heavy, unsure gait; paraplegia; neuralgia, brachialgia; lame muscles.
Skin: peeling, atrophy; eczema, ichthyosis, leprosy; lichen planus.