Sleeplessness

From our list of herbs and spices, the following are recommended for Sleeplessness:

  • Catuaba
  • Celery Seed
  • Chamomile
  • Dong Quai
  • Gotu Kola
  • Griffonia Seed
  • Hawthorn Leaf
  • Hops
  • Kava Kava
  • Ladys Slipper
  • Lemon Balm
  • Oat Straw
  • Onion
  • Passion Flower
  • Peppermint Leaf
  • Safflower
  • Siberian Ginseng
  • Skull Cap
  • Valerian Root

Natural Cures and Remedies for Sleeplessness

Sleeping pills are no remedy for sleeplessness. They are habit forming and become less effective when taken continuously. They lower the I.Q., dull the brain and can prove fatal if taken in excess or before or after alcohol. The side-effects of sleeping pills include indigestion, skin rashes, lowered resistance to infection, circulatory and respiratory problems, poor appetite, high blood pressure, kidney and liver problems and mental confusion.

Alzheimers disease is a slow, progressive disease, starting with mild memory problems and ending with severe mental damage. How long a course the disease takes and how fast changes occur vary from person to person and may run from five to twenty or more years. To date, there is no treatment that can stop the disease. However, for some people in the early and middle stages of the disease, the drugs Tacrine, or THAT, or Cognex may alleviate some symptoms. Also, certain medicines may help to control behavioral symptoms of Alzheimers disease, such as sleeplessness, agitation, wandering, anxiety, and depression. Treating these symptoms often makes patients more comfortable and makes their care easier for care-givers. Supplemental 5-HTP has been used in Europe for some of these secondary symptoms with a degree of success.

Catuaba, Celery Seed, Chamomile, Dong Quai, Gotu Kola, Griffonia Seed, Hawthorn Leaf, Hops, Kava Kava, Ladys Slipper, Lemon Balm, Oat Straw, Onion, Passion Flower, Peppermint Leaf, Safflower, Siberian Ginseng, Skull Cap, Valerian Root

There are certain foods which are associated with stress and anxiety and should be scrupulously avoided by patients. These foods are caffeine and many soft drinks, which causes nervousness, irritability and palpitation ; salt which has been associated with heart diseases; cigarettes which cause tension, irritability and sleeplessness and which have been linked with cancer, and alcohol which depletes vitamins of B group consider essential for reducing stress.

Raw juices act as a cleansing agent and start eliminating toxins and morbid matter from the system immediately. This often results in symptoms such as pain in the abdomen, diarrhoea, loss of weight, headache, fever, weakness, sleeplessness and bad breath. These reactions, which are part of the cleansing process, should not be suppressed by the use of drugs. They will cease when the body is able to expel all toxins.

Contraindications, Interactions, and Side Effects (Valerian) — Class 1 (AHP). None reported (PIP). None known (KOM). But Gruenwald (PHR) mentions rare GI complaints, and even rarer contact allergies. He adds that long-term administration may occasionally cause cardiac disorders, headache, mydriasis, restless states, and sleeplessness, the latter two the main indications, now side effects of prolonged use. Full-body valerian baths should be monitored in cases of dermatosis, major skin injuries, cardiac insufficiency, or hypertonia (PHR). No contraindications, adverse effects, or interactions except for the effect of the tincture on driving ability (AEH). Ironically, ‘There is some concern about continual use, which may cause minor side effects, including headaches, excitability, and insomnia” (Morazzoni & Bombardelli, 1995).

Sleeping pills are no remedy for sleeplessness. They are habit-forming and become less effective when taken continuously. They lower the I.Q. dull the brain and can prove fatal if taken in excess or before or after alcohol. The side-effect of sleeping pills include indigestion, skin rashes, lowered resistance to infection, circulatory and respiratory problems, poor appetite, high blood pressure,kidney and liver problems and mental confusion.