What Chinese herbs treat insomnia?

Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Geriatric Medicine
If you are having trouble sleeping, sip on valerian or passionflower tea before bedtime every night until your sleep improves. Herbs require patience; it may take up to a month to notice the benefits.

Other traditional Chinese herbs used for peaceful sleep include oyster shell, chamomile flower, ziziphus, Chinese senega, curcuma, lily bulb, bamboo shavings, China root and licorice. Some of these are easier to find than others, but chamomile and licorice should be fairly easy to come by in tea or capsules. Other herbs can be found in health and vitamin stores, online and at the offices of Chinese medicine practitioners. In all cases, they should be used according to individual needs; it is a very good idea to consult with a licensed practitioner for a customized formulation.

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Jill Blakeway, MS, LAc
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
For insomnia, you want to treat the branch (the symptoms), but also the root of your sleep issues. Watch acupuncturist Jill Blakeway describe the formulas she recommends for sleep problems, including Gui Pi Tang, or Restore the Spleen Decoction.
Janet Tsai
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

Looking for an herbal alternative to sleeping pills? A Chinese herbal formula known Gui Pi Tang can help treat insomnia, says Chinese medicine expert and Dr. Oz guest Janet Tsai. Learn more by watching this video.

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