Category Archives: Insomnia

Sedative and Hypnotic Effects of Myrtle

Myrtle (Myrtus communis) is a plant used as a traditional medicine. In certain countries such as Ethiopia extracts of the plant are used for the purpose of treating insomnia. Incidence of insomnia ranges from 10 to 20 % depending on … Continue reading

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Insomnia and Weight Gain

Insomnia is a condition whereby the sufferer has difficulty falling asleep, suffers from diminished sleep quality, or has a reduced duration of sleep. Current estimates indicate that around 30 % of adults suffer from insomnia in Western countries. Insomnia is … Continue reading

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Insomnia? Try A Traditional Ayurvedic Treatment

Insomnia is the most common of all sleep disorders and is often present in those suffering from anxiety and depression. Mainstream medicine uses a number of drugs to treat insomnia including antidepressants, hypnotics and antihistamines. However, the effect of these … Continue reading

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Bandicoot Berry (Leea indica): Medicinal Plant for Anxiety?

Bandicoot Berry (Leea indica) is a large shrub that belongs to the Vitaceae (grape) family of plants. Bandicoot berry is evergreen, and native to tropical Asia and Australia. Bandicoot berry leaves and root extracts are used in traditional medicine as … Continue reading

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Erythrina (Erythrina spp.): Effective Sedative and Anxiety Treatment

Erythrina (Erythrina spp.) is a group of flowering plants that belong to the Fabaceae (legume) family of plants. Erythrina grows in tropical and subtropical regions and the group is sometimes called the coral tree because of its coral-like branches. Many … Continue reading

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Coriander (Coriandrum sativum): Anxiety Treatment?

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is an annual herb from the Apiaceae (celery, carrot or parsley) family of flowering plants. Other common names for coriander include cilantro and chinese parsley. Coriander is native to the Mediterranean region of Europe and Africa as well … Continue reading

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Horsetail (Equisetum arvense): Another Herb to Treat Anxiety?

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is a strange and unique plant belonging to the Equisetaceae (horsetail) family of plants. Horsetail is native to the British Isles, parts of Europe and other temperate regions. Horsetail is often considered a garden weed. Horsetail grows … Continue reading

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African Peach (Nauclea latifolia): Sedative and Anxiolytic

African peach (Nauclea latifolia) is a deciduous evergreen tree native to the Savanna forests of continental Africa. African peach is also commonly known as African fig and is a member of the Rubiaceae (coffee family) of flowering plants. African peach … Continue reading

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Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum): Mood altering herb

Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) is a low-growing succulent plant native to South Africa. Kanna belongs to the Aizoaceae (fig-marigold) family of plants. Other common names for the plant include channa and kougoed. The plant has been traditionally used in part of … Continue reading

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Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca): Sedative, Anxiolytic and Antidepressant

Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) is a perennial herb belonging to the Lamiaceae (mint) family. Motherwort is also known by a number of other common names including throw wort, lion’s ear and lion’s tail. The plant grows to about 100 cm and … Continue reading

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