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Chinese herbs for sleep

Chinese medicine has an holistic approach It is important to note that whereas Western medicine attempts to treat insomnia  as an isolated symptom, traditional Chinese medicine examines the condition of  the body as a whole system. It takes into consideration signs and symptoms ranging  from appetite, thirst, mood, tongue color, and the quality of the […]

Western herbs for sleep

Besides the most common western herbs for sleep (described on earlier pages: valerian, chamomile, kava, hops) there are also number of other herbs that are famous for their sedative and relaxing effects. Lavender Lavender is a gentle strengthening tonic for the nervous system. A few drops of lavender oil added to a bath before bedtime are […]

Kava for sleep

Kava for sleep The Kava plant is a member of the pepper family and has been a drink for thousands of years in the Pacific Islands. Kava is used for medicinal, religious, political, cultural and social purposes throughout the Pacific. The roots of the plant are used to produce a drink with sedative and anaesthetic […]

Hops for sleep

Hops for sleep Hops have been used by European and western herbalists for many centuries. Hops are known to reduce tension and anxiety-related sleeplessness. Hops are a member of the Cannabaceae (marijuana) family and the herbal remedy hops is related to marijuana and is legally sold in supermarkets, drugstores and health food stores across the world. Hops […]

Valerian for sleep

Valerian for sleep The ancient Greeks, Europeans and the Chinese have used valerian to induce sleep and reduce anxiety for thousands of years. Valerian is well-known for its sedative properties. Valerian is a plant native to Europe and Asia and it’s found in North America. Its therapeutic uses were described by Hippocrates, and in the 2nd […]

Chamomile for sleep

Chamomile for sleep Chamomile tea has been used for sleep for thousands of years. Studies seem to back up its calming effect. Chamomile leaves are best known for their ability to be made into an infusion which is commonly used to help with sleep and is often served with honey or lemon, or both. Chamomile: […]

Supplements for sleep

Holistic treatment for insomnia Holistic treatment for insomnia is multifaceted and incorporates many techniques including herbal medicine, vitamin and mineral supplements, lifestyle changes, improved sleep hygiene, massage therapy, behavioral therapy, meditation, diet, exercise, hypnosis, acupuncture, relaxation, guided imagery, and homeopathy. A treatment approach is aimed at precluding all the potential causes of poor sleep rather […]