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Dream Interpretation

For as long as we have dreamed, we have tried to understand the meaning of our dreams. Over the ages, many meanings have been ascribed to various dream elements as is apparent when checking out any dream dictionary. Recently, psychologists in the West have tried to approach dream interpretation by means of the scientific method, …

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Wild Lettuce for Sleep

We all know lettuce (Lactuca sativa) as a leaf vegetable used in salads and sandwiches, however other than being a culinary plant, lettuce also has religious and medicinal significance, especially its wild counterpart Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa and other species). Lettuce has mild narcotic properties, and was even known as “sleepwort.” The Yazidi people of …

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Skullcap for Sleep

Scutellaria lateriflora (mad-dog skullcap) is a plant of the mint family native to North America. It was used for its healing properties by Native American tribes, and later adopted by European settlers. As a nervine tonic, skullcap has traditionally been used as a remedy for mental disorders. In this article, I will focus on skullcap’s …

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Minerals & Animal Products for Sleep (Chinese Medicine)

In this article I list non-herbs (animal products and minerals) from the traditional Chinese pharmacopoeia that can help alleviate sleep and dream problems, such as insomnia, excessive dreaming, nightmares and bad dreams, and so on. They are listed below along with their indications (specific conditions for which the remedy is used) and contraindications (conditions in …

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18 Chinese Herbs for Dreams

In this article I list the major herbs from the traditional Chinese pharmacopoeia that can help alleviate dream problems, such as excessive dreaming, nightmares and bad dreams, and so on. They are listed below along with their indications (specific conditions for which the herb is used) and contraindications (conditions in which the herb should not …

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PTSD Nightmares & Insomnia

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), previously known as “war neurosis,” is a psychiatric condition which develops in approximately 10% of persons who are exposed to severely threatening trauma (a single event or repeated episodes). One of the most distressing symptoms associated with this disorder are PTSD nightmares, insomnia, and other sleep problems. The trauma is usually …

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Snoring & Sleep Apnea Dreams

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder which is characterized by apneas (cessation of breathing events) during sleep. To determine the severity of sleep apnea, we consider the number of apneas (and hypopneas – partial cessations of breathing) which occur per hour of sleep as measured by polysomnography. An AHI (Apneas and Hypopneas Index) of 5 …

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