Monday, 10 July 2017

Herbal Therapy: Chamomile, The best Whole herb Medicine in Expression of Sedative Activities

Kyle J. Norton, Master of Nutrients
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"Let foods be your medicine and let medicines be your food", using foods as medication has been a dream of many scholars and scientists over past many centuries.  In order to achieve these, consumption of whole food medicine must accompany with moderated exercise, change of diet and life style.

Chamomile, the most frequently used medical plant may be next generation of whole herb to act as sedative agent in treating patients with sleep disorder.
A quasi-experimental clinical trial, included 77 cases of elderly hospitalized in nursing homes, showed that oral administration of chamomile extract has sedative properties in sleep quality.

Sedation is a form of medicine in induced calm and sleep.

The herbal medicine is also known as camomile, common name of many species daisy-like plants in the family Asteraceae, used in traditional medicine as antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory constituents and to treat menstrual cramps and sleep disorders, reduce cramping and spastic pain in the bowels, relieve excessive gas and bloating in the intestine, etc.

In support of the sedative effect, chamomile cream also is found to reduce episiotomy pain sedately in primiparous women, according to a triple blind clinical trial performed on 114 eligible women at Ommolbanin Hospital in Mashhad, Iran in 2014.

Dr. McKay DL said, " Chamomile has moderate antioxidant and antimicrobial activities, and significant antiplatelet activity  Animal model studies indicate potent antiinflammatory action, some antimutagenic and cholesterol-lowering activities, as well as antispasmotic and anxiolytic effects" and "(Unfortunately) However, human studies are limited, and clinical trials examining the purported sedative properties of chamomile tea are absent."

In fact, in the investigated hypnotic activities of chamomile and passiflora extracts using sleep-disturbed model rats, researcher at the Okayama University insisted, chamomile extract at a dose of 300 mg/kg exerted significantly decrease sleep latency.
The study also suggested, chamomile extract is a herb having benzodiazepine-like hypnotic activity.

Taking altogether, Chamomile may be helpful to aid calm and sleep through its sedative effects, but intake of correct amount should only be given by qualified herbalist

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(1) Investigation effect of oral chamomilla on sleep quality in elderly people in Isfahan: A randomized control trial by Abdullahzadeh M1, Matourypour P2, Naji SA1.(PubMed)
(2) The Effect of Chamomile Cream on Episiotomy Pain in Primiparous Women: A Randomized Clinical Trial by Aradmehr M1, Azhari S2, Ahmadi S3, Azmoude E4.(PubMed)
(3) Hypnotic activities of chamomile and passiflora extracts in sleep-disturbed rats by Shinomiya K1, Inoue T, Utsu Y, Tokunaga S, Masuoka T, Ohmori A, Kamei C.(PubMed)

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