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Herbal Sleep Aids

Herbal Sleep Aids For Insomnia And Other Sleep Disorders

Insomnia is defined as difficulty in sleeping, or 
disturbed sleep patterns leaving the perception of 
insufficient sleep. There are many herbs with reputations 
as being effective sleep remedies. The key to successful 
treatment of insomnia is to find the cause. 
If you do not want to take prescription sleep medication, 
then there are a plethora of holistic medicines available to you.

Often the key to successful treatments lies in the 
focusing upon some part or function of the body that 
is experiencing problems. Hypnotics and nerviness can 
be used within the context of such treatments. 
These can be selected based on the role they play 
upon the system in question. The following are, 
a list of systems and possible remedies.

1. The circulatory system responds well to 
Motherwort, Lime Blossom and Balm.

2. The respiratory system responds well to 
all types of hypnotics, if used in the right dosage.

3. The digestive system relaxants to use are Chamomile, Vervain, 
Balm, Hops and Valerian.

4. Hypnotics are important to use as a muscle relaxant for the 
urinary system. Pasque Flower and Black Cohosh have a high 
success rate on the reproductive system. Jamaican Dogwood, 
Valerian and Black Cohosh are excellent ingredients to 
relax the muscles and skeletal systems.

5. Chamomile and Cowslip are healing herbs for the skin.

Some of the medications are classified in the following way:

Hypnotics are herbs with a reputation as easing the person 
into sleep. They are usually strong nervine relaxants. 
Nervine relaxants ease the tensions that often produce sleeplessness.

Anti-spasmodics address any somatic muscular tightness 
that may be involved. Nervine tonics are indicated if 
there is any suspicion that the insomnia is associated 
with nervous exhaustion.

Adaptogens will help in a similar way to the nerve tonics, 
but should only be used in the morning to help deal with stress.

The value of hypnotics is to ensure that the body has a good 
recuperative rest each night. By selecting herbs that address 
specific health needs that are compounding the sleep difficulties, 
better results are obtained than simply going for strong hypnotic.

An example of an herbal prescription for insomnia would be the following:

Insomnia associated with hypertension and headaches:

* Passion Flower
* Valerian
* Linden
* Cramp Bark

7.5ml of tincture 30 minutes before bedtime.

There are many herbal remedies suggested for curing 
insomnia. You may have to try a few before you find the 
recipe that works best for you.

NOTE! Always consult a qualified Herbalist for guidance 
about the correct herbs to use.

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