Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep.
Treatment Plan for Insomnia
If one has trouble falling asleep, tension, overwork and mental strain are often the cause. Relaxing herbs are helpful here. Avoid working late and do relaxing exercises like stretching, mediation and breathing exercises. Massage or acupuncture can also be helpful. Insomnia can also mean that one falls asleep easily, but then wakes up after a few hours and finds it difficult to go back to sleep. This is often associated with a kidney or heart "yin," deficiency, or adrenal weakness. Consistent use of adrenal tonic herbs in extract form is essential. Either type of insomnia can be based on, or at least aggravated by, a neurotransmitter imbalance. Herbs and foods that help restore the proper serotonin levels in the brain, such as yogurt and St. John’s wort can be useful. Use calming and mood-regulating herbs to help relax.
Herbal Remedies for Insomnia
Related Insomnia conditions
The information given here is designed to help you make informed choices about your health. The information is drawn from numerous sources—both traditional medicine practice, from the clinical experience of many herbalists currently practicing, and supported by decades of scientific research from the author. The research most consulted includes human clinical trials that help to determine the most effective and safe herbs for various needs, the best doses, and types of preparations.
The information offered in this database is not intended as a substitute for any that may have been prescribed by your health practitioner or physician.