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Are Herbal Remedies The Answer To Insomnia?

Dec 8, 2007
Nowadays, more and more people suffering from insomnia are beginning to worry about the dangers of taking medications to solve their problem. They understand that many insomnia medications have dangerous side effects, while others may end up becoming addictive or habit forming.

For that reason there is a growing search for natural insomnia remedies, including herbal remedies. Herbal remedies are a safe option to finding a comfortable natural way to help to put an end to suffering from insomnia. Natural products provide a non-addictive way to control the imbalance that your body may be experiencing due to many different possible factors.

Among these, environmental factors can play a large part in the trouble of a disturbed sleeping pattern. Or a hormonal imbalance can add to the stresses that can mark the beginning or the prolongation of the suffering of not sleeping well, in some cases for short periods of time or over a more extended time frame that can sometimes extend to months or even years. Sleeplessness, when caused by an imbalance in hormonal issues, can lead to any number of disorders in the nervous system.

Before actually moving on to herbal remedies (or to any kind of remedies) it is a good idea to get your know your body and its problems first. Consulting a healthcare professional can help to provide answers to understand if the root of the insomnia is based on stress or if your body is trying to tell you there is a deficiency in some area.

It is also necessary to complement any herbal remedies you are contemplating with a good, healthy diet. Following a well balanced diet of wholesome foods rich in vitamins and minerals, but low in fat and sugar, can help the body to main a constant blood sugar level to normalize the body and encourage sleep. Taking a multi-vitamin rich in calcium and magnesium daily helps to adjust the body to combat everyday stresses and to strengthen the immune system also. Detoxifying, to purge the body of any toxins that many be present, is a good start to ensure a healthier body.

Once you have got to know your body, and have balanced your diet, you can move on to your herbal remedies and you can be sure that they will work much better. Melatonin, for instance, is a non-habit forming natural sleep aid that helps the body to produce serotonin, which regulates the body into the sleep-wake cycle. Valerian root can be made into tea or taken in pill form to encourage calming and restfulness to occur. St John's Wort helps to combat the feeling of depression that can promote insomnia and is simple to take in teas, capsules or herbal mixtures. Passionflower, called Passiflora, relieves anxiety and nervousness to allow the body to drift into the relax state to promote sleep. Melissa Officinalis also known as Lemon Balm can provide a calming feeling, has excellent restorative properties and helps to lower blood pressure.

As you have seen, there are many different herbal products that can be very beneficial in aiding certain types of insomnia. However, as with any medication (and herbs used as insomnia remedies are just that, even though they are natural medications) it is important to talk to your doctor before starting a herbal insomnia treatment, especially if you are taking any other medications or are pregnant.
About the Author
Terry Roberts is a professional linguist and translator with an interest in many varied subjects. If you found this article helpful, visit his website Facts about Insomnia, where you will find much more useful information.
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