Sleeping problems affect 90% of adults at some time in their lives. Researchers at a Hyderabad, India hospital conducted a study with 39 people who had experienced chronic insomnia for at least three weeks. The volunteers drank a strong tea made from 200 mg. each of rauwolfia root (Rauwolfia serpentina), spikenard rhizome (Nardostachys jatamansi), and the root, stem, and leaf of tinospora (Tinospora cordifolia) for three weeks. Compared to a placebo group, the quality and duration of their sleep improved. The number of times they awoke and the time spent before they fell back asleep lessened. There was also no hangover or daytime sedation. Everyone tolerated the treatment very well with no major side effects. The researchers concluded that the tea is a good alternative W drugs such as benzodiazepines, which can produce hangover and mood changes and grogginess. Previous studies found this blend sedates the central nervous system.

Rani, PU. and MUR Naidu. 1998. Subjective and polysomnographic evaluation of a herbal preparation in insomnia. Phytomedicine 5(4):253-257.

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