I have recently had to make a decision about meds for
anxiety and insomnia. I would prefer to take herbs and my question is will
their be any interaction if I take Valerian for sleep, St.Johns wort for
anxiety, Fenugreek & Thyme for energy. I was also given Holy Basil, Liquid
green tea complex and liquid Ginkgo Biloba. I don’t feel that I was given adequate
instructions. Could you Help Me?
There are no known negative interactions with the above
listed herbs you mentioned. Valerian can
be very helpful for sleep but it largely depends on the severity of the
insomnia. I find it most helpful for
mild to moderate cases. Adding melatonin
or magnesium may improve your results if your insomnia does not respond to the
valerian alone. It is important to note
that a small percentage of people are stimulated by valerian.
If you are struggling with depression and anxiety in
addition to your insomnia you may want to consider 5-HTP. This amino acid promotes the production of
serotonin and melatonin. When taken
before bed (50mg-200mg) it can be a great sleep aid and will also support mood. You can try taking a small amount in the morning
and then a larger dose before bed.
*Discontinue the 5-HTP if you decide to start prescription
St. Johns wort
can be very helpful for mild to moderate depression. It is safe to combine with the 5-HTP if you
keep the doses of 5-HTp on the lower end (50mg-100mg). L-Theanine is an extract from green tea that
often works very well for reducing feelings of anxiety. Your green tea liquid will not contain high enough
amounts to significantly influence your anxiety. Like 5-HTP, discontinue the St.
John’s Wort if you start prescription anti-depressants.
I have never used Fenugreek or Thyme for boosting energy
levels. They are more commonly used for digestive
complaints. I would be more likely to
suggest things like B-complex and sublingual B12 for energy. Holy basil is a wonderful herb and can be
great at helping the body to cope with stress.
The liquid green tea extract should also help to support energy levels.
Gingko biloba is traditionally used for memory
enhancement. It is thought to increase
blood circulation to the brain. It does
have some potential blood thinning properties like fish oil, so be careful if
you are combining it with other blood thinning medications or over the counter
products like aspirin.
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