Herbal Remedies for Insomnia


If you are having issues of sleeping and even after being tired you can get enough sleep, then it must be a reason that you have become a victim of “insomnia”. Insomnia word is derived from the Latin language which means “no sleep”. In insomnia, the patients have difficulty falling asleep or stay asleep, it also keeps their nature disturb and at unrest.


Herbal treatments

Herbal treatment is effective and secure way to treat diseases. Even for insomnia the herbal treatment can be an effective way to prevent its causes and symptoms without harming your body. Herbs which are used to treat insomnia are as follows:

California poppy

If your reason of insomnia is anxiety and impatience, then this herb can help you. It will cool down your these feelings and give you peace. You can have it in  the way you want.


To give strength to your nervous system and make it sense calmness, the lavender can be used. Lavender is usually used in oil form. Its massaging or usage in bath relaxes the nerve and helps in sleep.


Usage of this herb is even good for the children. It helps in removing irritability from kids and also works on the feeling of restlessness. It can be used in the form of tea or massaging oil. Choose the method which calms you most.


It is the most effective herb of all for insomnia treatment. It helps body in recovering from late night waking disturbance and gives its user sound sleep. This herb is best for those people who find very difficult to sleep at night.

Passion flower

Stress and excessive work burden makes the nerves go wild and to tame that beast of worry and tiredness, this is the right herb. It cures the slight sleep disorder and can be used by both adults and kids because it doesn’t have any side effects.

Kava kava

To soothe mind and soul, this herb is perfect. It reacts by treating the uneasy feeling of the body and exhaustion and relaxes the nerves and let the body sleep easily.

Wild lettuce

This herb helps in treating the both acute and chronic insomnia. Its soothing effect removes all the stress and gives body calm feeling which is necessary for healthy sleep.

Other than herbs

Just using herbs cannot help overcome your insomnia, other remedies have to be taken by you to prevent your body from disturb sleeping habit:

  • Do exercise to tire your body which makes it urge to get some sleep.
  • Try to avoid the issue which stresses your mind.
  • Take nice warm bath to calm your nerves.
  • Keep yourself busy so your brain can get tired and tell your body to take rest.

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Causes of insomnia

The causes of insomnia can be as follows:

  • Work load
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Sickness
  • Excessive medication
  • Unfavorable temperature
  • Noise or light
  • Disturbance in sleeping schedule
  • Habit of going washroom at night
  • Ache


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Symptoms of insomnia

All these causes of insomnia lead to symptoms as follows:

  • Irritation in nature
  • Hardly gets enough sleep
  • Sleep during hours of daylight
  • Frequently night sleep gets disturb
  • Loss concentration from everything
  • Unable to sleep again if wake up
  • Wake up early before waking time


About Jing Guo Wang

TCM professor of Shanghai University of Tradional Chinese Medicine.She has 30 years of clinical experience at applying traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and other therapies in the treatment of a variety of vertigo, headache, neurasthenia, hypertension, neck pain and periarthritis of shoulder.