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A nervine is a plant remedy that has a beneficial effect upon the nervous system in some way. Nervine herbs help soothe, calm and nourish the nervous system, acts therapeutically upon the nerves, particularly in the sense of a sedative that serves to calm ruffled nerves. Nervine tonics strengthen and restore the tissues directly and contribute to the healing of damaged nervous tissue, whether this is due to a pathological processor physical trauma.
One of the things which happens when you are under stress is that nutrients are washed out of the body. If they are not replenished, several symptoms can occur. Any successful treatment of nervous system problems with herbs must involve treating the whole body, heart and mind, not simply the signs of agitation and worry.
Any herb which has a pronounced (and generally positive) effect upon the nervous system, can be considered a nervine. They are often thought of as calmatives or even sedatives but there are a great many secondary actions under the primary heading of nervine, including everything from hypnotic to stimulant to the potentially narcotic.
A relaxant nervine are those herbs that relax constricted or contracted tissues in relation to the nervous system.
A stimulant nervine is that which stimulates lax or stagnant tissues in relation to the nervous system. It does not necessarily imply overt nervous system stimulation as in the case of methamphetamines or even coffee, but may simply refer to a gentle herb such as Peppermint and their ability to stimulate the vital energy into depressed tissues.
Tonic/Trophorestorative Nervines: specifically refers to those herbs which act as nutritive restoratives for the nervous system. They feed the nerves and help to restore functionality and resiliency often in addition to their stimulating and/or relaxing properties.
Some of the nervine herbs are