Damiana (Turnera diffusa)

Turnera diffusa (damiana) is a psychoactive shrub classified as a Turneraceae (Turnera Family) or Passifloraceae. It is native to southern California (Baja), southern Texas, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean, but its main region is in northern Mexico and Baja California. Damiana is the means for loving thy neighbor! Max Amann (1997) Table… Continue reading Damiana (Turnera diffusa)

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Lettuce for Insomnia, Lucid Dreaming, and as an Opium/Cannabis Alternative

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. Lettuce has mild narcotic properties, and was even known as “sleepwort.” The Yazidi people of northern Iraq even are prohibited from eating the plant. Lettuce illegal?!… Continue reading Lettuce for Insomnia, Lucid Dreaming, and as an Opium/Cannabis Alternative

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Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) – a Sleep & Dreams Remedy

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 Europoean 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… Continue reading Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) – a Sleep & Dreams Remedy

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17 non-herbs from Chinese medicine for Sleep and Dream Problems

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… Continue reading 17 non-herbs from Chinese medicine for Sleep and Dream Problems

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18 Chinese Herbs for Dream Problems

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… Continue reading 18 Chinese Herbs for Dream Problems

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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Dreams, 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). The trauma is usually an event that is Life-threatening to the physical integrity of self or others, such as a violent attack… Continue reading Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Dreams, Nightmares, Insomnia

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15 Chinese Herbs for Insomnia

There are quite a few herbs used by Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners in order to treat sleeplessness (insomnia). Below are some examples along with their indications (specific conditions for which the herb is used) and contraindications (conditions in which the herb should not be used). If you’re interested in purchasing a personalized remedy for any… Continue reading 15 Chinese Herbs for Insomnia

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Hypothalamus

The hypothalamus is a part of the brain made of different nuclei that serve a variety of functions, such as to control fatigue, sleep, and circadian rhythms. This is a Dream… The hypothalamus regulates sleep by a homeostatic mechanism, wherein pressure is built up during waking hours in the form of adenosine accumulation, which is… Continue reading Hypothalamus

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Ascending Reticular Activating System (ARAS)

There is a structure in our brainstem known as the reticular formation. It includes ascending pathways which lead to the higher brain and descending pathways which lead to the spinal cord. Its functions include sleep and consciousness. The ascending reticular activating system (ARAS) in particular is involved in behavioral arousal and consciousness as well as… Continue reading Ascending Reticular Activating System (ARAS)

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