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Alternative Treatments for Insomnia

Alternative and complementary therapies list for Insomnia:

Alternative treatments, complementary therapeutic options, or home remedies that have been listed in various sources as possibly helpful for Insomnia may include:

  • Ginseng
  • Lavender oil
  • Valerian
  • Ashwaghandha (Indian ginseng)
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Visualization therapy
  • Sunlight
  • Carbohydrate before bedtime
  • Chinese medicine
  • Acupressure
  • Massage therapy
  • Ignatia amara (for delayed sleep onset)
  • Arsenicum album (for traditional insomnia)
  • Nux vomica (for premature awakening)
  • Oats
  • Sweet corn
  • Rice
  • Ginger
  • Bananas
  • Barley
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Multivitamin supplement
  • Multimineral supplement
  • Beans
  • Green, leafy vegetables
  • Soybeans
  • Almonds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Wheat germ
  • Avoid caffeine six to eight hours before bedtime
  • Avoid alcohol before bedtime
  • Melatonin
  • Lavender oil, marjoram oil and lemon oil sea salt bath
  • Lime tree flower
  • Chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Neroli
  • Rose oil
  • Passionflower
  • Avoid spicy foods
  • Avoid large meals prior to bedtime
  • Relaxation
  • Aromatherapy bath
  • Regular sleep habits
  • Avoid napping during the day
  • Relaxation tapes
  • Stop smoking before bedtime
  • Jasmine oil on wrist
  • Chamomile, lavender, lemon balm and peppermint tea
  • Warm milk
  • Organize thoughts and tasks one to two hours before bedtime
  • Limit bedroom to sleep and sex, not for reading or watching television
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Mental exercise/game
  • Tagar, valerian root, chamomile Ayurvedic herbal remedy
  • Scalp and foot massage
  • Nutmeg and ghee paste over forehead
  • Cherries
  • Tomato juice with sugar and nutmeg five to six hours before bedtime
  • Warm milk with crushed almonds and a pinch of nutmeg and cardamom
  • Warm milk with crushed garlic
  • Warm milk with pinch of nutmeg
  • Kali phosphoricum homeopathic remedy
  • Nux vomica homeopathic remedy
  • Coffea cruda homeopathic remedy
  • Cocculus indicus homeopathic remedy
  • Chamomilla homeopathic remedy
  • Arnica homeopathic remedy
  • Aconite homeopathic remedy
  • Ambra grisea homeopathic remedy
  • Arsenicum homeopathic remedy
  • Gelsemium homeopathic remedy
  • Sulphur homeopathic remedy
  • Zinc-rich food
  • Copper-rich food
  • Tai Chi
  • Chinese folk remedies
  • Millet soup before bedtime
  • Ganoderma mushroom
  • Lycium fruit
  • Acupuncture
  • Qigong mind-body exercise
  • Zizyphus jujuba Chinese herb
  • Investigate whether your condition is a side effect from a medication
  • Get extra sunlight during the day-either in a sunny room or outdoors
  • Early morning sunlight
  • Himalayan crystal salt
  • Real Willard Water (antioxidant)
  • Salba seeds and salba seed oil
  • Goat's milk
  • Cashews
  • Warm grapefruit juice before bedtime
  • Elderberry juice
  • Nutmeg tea
  • Raw onion before bedtime
  • Hop pillow

Unlabelled Alternative Drug Treatments

These alternative drug therapies have been listed by various sources as possible alternative treatments for Insomnia:

  • Lorazepam
  • Alzapam
  • Apo-Lorazepam
  • Ativan
  • Loraz
  • Intensol
  • Novo-Lorazepam
  • Nu-Loraz
  • Mirtazapine - mainly used to treat presurgical insomnia
  • Remeron - mainly used to treat presurgical insomnia
  • Remeron Sol Tab - mainly used to treat presurgical insomnia

Warning About Alternative Treatments

Always check with your doctor or qualified medical professional before using any alternative or complementary treatment, or before stopping or changing any other treatment to use alternative approaches. Some treatments or preventatives may be of dubious value, and certain alternative treatments can be dangerous in some cases.

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