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NATURAL HERBS - A GIFT FOR INSOMNIA PATIENT. Ranjit Singh, Pooja Sharma, Dinesh Kumar, Harwinder Singh Rao

NATURAL HERBS - A GIFT FOR INSOMNIA PATIENT.

Ranjit Singh, Pooja Sharma, Dinesh Kumar, Harwinder Singh Rao

International Journal of Natural Product Science 2012: Spl Issue 1:159.

Abstract(RBIP-159)

There are so many medicinal plants which have anxiolytic or sedative properties. Although many allopathic drugs already exist in this class but poses side effects like hangovers and dependency. Herbal formulation have evolved as a boom for insomnia patients where the herbal extract poses therapeutic effect without imposing dependency and tolerance to the drug as seen in allopathic system. Kava is a well established hypnotic drug with a rapid onset of effect and has adequate duration of action. Valerian is used for insomnia as well as for nervous tension, hysteria, excitability, stress and intestinal colic writhing or cramps. It has no beneficial effects on deep sleep and it may be particularly used for long term use and also for the elderly patients. Melissa was used as far back as the middle ages to reduce stress, anxiety and promote sleep. It also improves appetite, ease pain and remove discomfort from indigestion. Melissa herb (lemon balm) is often combined with other calming, soothing herbs such as Valerian, Chamomile and Hops to promote relaxation or to induce sleep.Some other herbs are also used for insomnia such as: Passiflora (Passifloraceae), Alfalfa (Leguminosae), Allspice (Myrtaceae), Aloe (Liliaceae) Chamomile (Asteraceae).

Keywords: - Valerian, anxiolytic, insomnia, anxiety, hysteria
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