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Sedative Herbs

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Sedative Herbs

Sedative herbs are used to relieve irritability and promote calm and tranquil feelings. (also see: Narcotic) Having a soothing, calming, or tranquilizing effect; reducing or relieving anxiety, stress, irritability, or excitement. Sedatives generally work by modulating signals within the central nervous system.

Insomnia is a lack of healthful, restful sleep and is a common problem experienced by as many as 20% to 30% of American adults at various times in their lives and can be the result of anxiety, stress, irritability, or excitement. Statistics report one-fifth of American adults and half of American seniors have difficulty falling asleep on any given night.

Sleep disorders and symptoms like depression are especially linked with an imbalance in serotonin. Herbs and foods high in tryptophan help restore proper serotonin levels in the brain.

Many times these conditions can be successfully treated with small changes to surroundings, diet, and with herbal teas instead of using dangerous and toxic drugs.

Seditive herbs are often catagorized as "nervines" by Western herbalists, and have a range of "sedative" actions, encompassing analgesic, hypnotic, antidepressant, anxiolytic activities. Available sedative herbs are usually used to treat moderate depression, insomnia, sleep disturbances and withdrawal from certain drugs, particularly benzodiazepenes.

Check with your practitioner before combining herbs with prescription drugs. Opinions may vary amongst herbalists as to what the best herbal sedative is but, the best is always what's best for you.

Some commonlly used Seditive herbs are

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