Many people who suffer from insomnia use herbs to treat it. In most cases their actions are not documented by laboratory studies.
▶ The chamomile does not belong to this category. In a clinical study conducted in 2017 the effect of consumption was evaluated 200 ml of chamomile extract, twice a day, in middle-aged and older people for 28 days. Its results showed an improvement in its quality
compared to the group of people who used another drink. Of course, more studies are needed, Nevertheless, because its use does not pose risks, but offers only benefits, recommended to those who need it.
▶ The valerian root is another herb used to treat insomnia. In background research, published in 2013, found to have been used since the 18th century! In another review and meta-analysis 2020 Researchers have concluded that the use of valerian root is safe and beneficial in treating similar conditions.. They could not, Nevertheless, come up with specific instructions for use, because the doses and the method of preparation differed in the evaluated studies.
By Giannis Chrysou, clinical dietitian-nutritionist (giannischrysou.gr).