Why Herbs Should Be the First Choice of Treatment for Acute Anxiety

Anxiety can manifest in a wide range of ways. Apart from the internal emotional fearfulness, symptoms can include irritability, agitation, muscle tension, palpitations, sweating, insomnia, breathlessness, poor concentration, reduced socialisation and ability to undertake everyday activities. It is the most prevalent mental health disorder affecting children and adults, but many more people are dealing with …

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VALERIAN – MORE THAN JUST A SLEEPING AID

Roots of the European and northern Asian herb Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), are well known for their relaxant and anxiolytic properties, and usefulness in the management of insomnia and mild anxiety. Clinical trials into its effects on insomnia and sleep problems including in menopausal women and patients withdrawing from benzodiazepine drugs, have generally reported favourable findings(1-4). …

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NEW ZEALAND’S WOEFUL MENTAL HEALTH STATISTICS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The subject of mental health unwellness in children and young people has been prominent in the New Zealand media in recent weeks, with huge cause. Globally suicide is one of the top three causes of death in young people aged 15-19, globally(1). New Zealand has the highest suicide rate for 10-14 and 15-19 year olds …

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Overcoming Insomnia – Drug versus Herbal Solutions

So-called “Z drugs” such as zopiclone, were first approved as prescription sleeping tablets in the U.S. in 1993, and these are now more often used for insomnia than benzodiazepines such as Valium® (diazepam) or Mogadon® (nitrazepam)(5). However, whether these newer generation drugs which seem to act on different sites of the same GABA-A receptors as …

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WITHANIA: A USEFUL ADJUNCT WITH ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDICATIONS

Antipsychotic drugs are strong medicines, and while they can successfully alleviate symptoms of psychosis and prevent relapse of schizophrenia and related conditions, like all drugs they are not without side effects. There are two types of antipsychotics, older generation ones such as chlorpromazine or haloperidol developed in the 1960s, and so called ‘atypical’ antipsychotics such …

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Valerian –  favourable effects on cognitive function

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) root is well known for its applications in anxiety or insomnia, for which it has been used for thousands of years. Its anti-anxiety (anxiolytic) and sedative effects are mainly attributed to modulation and enhancement of the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma amino butyric acid), which prevents overstimulation of neurons implicated in anxiety and seizure …

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Withania Improves Sexual Satisfaction in Women

Human sexual responses and functions are highly complex, with sexual desire and activities being influenced by multiple psychological, physical, environmental and relationship factors. ‘Sexual dysfunction’ is defined as difficulties that occur during the sexual response cycle that prevent the individual from experiencing satisfaction from sexual activity. While sexual dysfunction in men is relatively easy to …

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