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Altern Med Rev. 2000 Jun;5(3):249-59.

Treatment of insomnia: an alternative approach.

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Department of Anesthesia & Critical Care, The Pritzker School of Medicine, the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.


Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, and is often associated with significant medical, psychological, and social disturbances. Conventional medical treatment for insomnia includes psychological and pharmacological approaches; however, long-term use of frequently prescribed medications can lead to habituation and problematic withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, herbal and other natural sleep aids are gaining popularity, as herbs commonly used for their sedative-hypnotic effects do not have the drawbacks of conventional drugs. Whether alternative therapies possess activity similar to conventional therapies needs further evaluation.

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