Natural Treatments for Insomnia
An integrative, holistic, and natural approach to mental health.
Insomnia is a is an extremely common condition that affects nearly 30% of adults (1). People with insomnia are more likely to experience a variety of health conditions, including: Increased psychiatric problems like depression, anxiety, poor immune system function, increased chronic and long term diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, as well as issues in daily living like reduced work performance, and slower reaction times (2).
Unfortunately conventional treatments for insomnia are fairly limited, with the vast majority of patients prescribed pharmaceutical medications. However as demands for alternative medicine have risen, new studies have been released elucidating that there are actually many extremely safe and effective alternative treatments for insomnia.
A naturopathic physician is highly trained in both conventional and alternative medicine. A naturopathic doctor will look at your individual case and get to the root cause of your insomnia and treat according to your particular presentation. Some common therapies your naturopathic doctor may use include: Lifestyle and diet, homeopathy, botanical medicine, acupuncture, and supplements.
A particularly effective treatment for insomnia is homeopathic medicine. A study by Waldschutz et al evaluated the efficacy homeopathic combination medicine compared to the widely prescribed herbal product valerian. Their study revealed that even generically prescribed homeopathy is more effective in improving quality of sleep, and reducing daytime sleepiness then a widely accepted sedating herbal medicine (3). Even greater success in curing insomnia is seen in patients who seek homeopathic care from a homeopathic doctor who has extensive training in prescribing based on their patient’s particular presentation of insomnia.
There are safe and effective alternative treatments for insomnia, including homeopathy, supplements and lifestyle optimization. Naturopathic medicine offers integrative, holistic, and natural approach to helping you sleep again, naturally!
If you are struggling with insomnia, or if someone you love is, consider finding a naturopathic doctor to see if homeopathy is right for you!
(1) The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), retrieved from www.abct.org/docs/Members/…/INSOMNIA%200707.pdf
(2) Mayo Clinic, Insomnia, retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/insomnia/DS00187/DSECTION=risk-factors
(3) The Homeopathic Preparation Neurexan® vs. Valerian for the Treatment of Insomnia: An Observational Study Rainer Waldschütz1 and Peter Klein2,* 1 Hadwigstrasse. The Scientific World JOURNAL (2008) 8, 411–420 TSW Holistic Health & Medicine. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18454251