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October 21, 2016
Sleep is a big issue in society today. But too many reach too quickly for sleeping pill medications to solve sleep issues without realizing that these can inadvertently create other issues, including physical and psychological dependency, and harsh withdrawal symptoms. But there is another way. Mother nature’s plant medicines offer effective and non habit forming solutions for those sleepless nights.
Herbalists reach for plant sedatives or relaxant herbs to gently encourage relaxation and promote sleep, while many of the same herbs also work as support during the day to relieve pain and minimize daytime anxiety.
Continued sleeplessness may, in fact, be the body’s attempt at direct communication; telling us that it is overstressed, over stimulated and under-supported. Insomnia is a cue to investigate nutrition, lifestyle and how we manage acute and chronic stress. Trust nature’s solutions for a rest filled sleep while investigating the underlying causes of insomnia which are taxing the body.
The alarming rates of sleepless in our society and overuse of prescription sedative medications is very concerning especially when changes to lifestyle (link) and non-habit forming plant medicine options can help provide for a rest filled sleep.
As with all health concerns, if your self-care approach does not address the issue within 2 weeks, then consider obtaining guidance from a practitioner, a Medical Herbalist or Naturopath, who can investigate your underlying health concerns and provide a more detailed approach and guidance.
[i] Katolen Yardley, The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal remedies: Simple Salves, Teas, Tinctures and More. Good Books. Skyhorse Publishing, New York, NY 2016.
[ii] Karta Purkh Singh Kalsa, DN-C, RH (AGH), Chronic Anxiety and Insomnia. The Northwest Herb Symposium Proceedings Book: Botanicals at the Beach, August 27-30, 2015
[iii] Shawn Talbott, PH.D. The Cortisol Connection: Why Stress Makes you Fat and Ruins Your Health and What You can Do About it. http://cortisolconnection.com/ch8_5.php
[iv] Yuan Shi, Jing-Wen Dong, Jiang-He Zhao, Li-Na Tang and Jian- Jun Zhang, Herbal Insomnia Medications that Target GABAergic Systems: A Review of the Psychopharmacological Evidence. Curr Neuropharmacol. 2014 May; 12(3): 289–302. Published online 2014 May. doi: 10.2174/1570159X11666131227001243
[v] Mediherb, Herbs for the Treatment of Insomnia, Restlessness and Anxiety. No 7, March, 2000
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