Chinese herbal sleep aids
Sherry Xie, PhD
A: Many people suffer from sleep disorders, which lead to problems such as fatigue, depression, and irritability. The majority of currently available sleeping pills may cause side effects, such as tolerance buildup, dependence, and withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation of use.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herbal supplements can be efficient medicinal alternatives for treating insomnia with excellent therapeutic potential and fewer side effects. Many herbs are well known for their sedative and tranquilizing functions, and have been used for centuries.
The synergetic combination of Semen Platycladi and Radix Polygalae are proven to be an effective herbal medicine for the treatment of insomnia. More amazingly, no significant side effects are observed in animal models. Other herbs, such as passionflower, hops, and lemon balm, are also used to counter sleep disorders.
It is important to recognize the synergetic effect only exists when precise amounts of certain herbal ingredients are combined.