"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 be accompanied by 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 to treat pain, anxiety,...... and sleep disorder.
Sedation is a action that induces calm or sleep by using medicine, drugs, or substances to suppress the activity of central nervous system.
In a quasi-experimental clinical trial, included 77 cases of elderly hospitalized in nursing homes, using random continuous sampling by divided into intervention group received 400 mg oral capsules of chamomile twice daily, after lunch and after dinner for 4 weeks. and control groups received nothing to test the efficacy of chamomile in sleep disorder, researchers showed that oral administration of chamomile extract has sedative properties in sleep quality in compared to control.
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 pain, 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)