Treating and curing sleep disorders with ordinary amino acids is the basis of Orthomolecular Medicine. Large doses of natural proteins called amino acids can repair the imbalance in the brain and repair its malfunction. These amino acids are affordable and used in therapeutic doses much higher than the levels normally found in food. The concept of orthomolecular medicine is based on the use of very high doses of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, or botanical extracts for cell repair and enhancement of normal brain activities.
Aren’t you getting a promotion because you’re tired at the office? Are you close to a divorce from tiredness and lack of sleep? Can’t handle your kids because you’re too tired? Sleep disorders can cause a lot of problems, and you may not be able to break the pattern on your own. Sleeping pills can help you fall asleep, but most cause you to sleep too much or wake up feeling fatigued. Modern orthomolecular medicine can help these problems go away for many people within several weeks. There may be sleeping habits that need to be altered as well and dietary changes that need to be made. Don’t eat or watch TV in the bedroom if you have trouble sleeping. Stay out of bed until you are ready to fall asleep. Buy a good mattress and cotton, silk, linen, hemp or wool sheets for the bedroom. Try to avoid caffeine and excess alcohol in the late afternoon and evening. Don’t take over-the-counter sleep aids.
Orthomolecular medicine uses various supplements to improve and enhance sleep. These can be botanicals like kava, valerian, St. John’s wort, passion flower, lemon balm, and chamomile. Botanicals must be taken daily for several months. This can take three to five weeks to make a noticeable change in sleep.
Melatonin and a combination of vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium should be tried for very serious sleep problems. Melatonin does not always work and should be taken at levels of 1.5 to 3 mcg/day about thirty minutes before bedtime. You may want to take selenium along with melatonin to boost your immune system.
Chinese patent formulas to improve sleep include Amnien Pian, Bu Nao Wan, and Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan. There are at least twelve different patent formulas from China that can help you sleep. The correct formula is selected based on your needs. Most Chinese patent formulas need to be taken for at least six weeks or more to treat the underlying disorder causing the insomnia symptom.
The amino acids needed to improve sleep include 5-HTP, theanine, and GABA. The addition of bioidentical hormones may be necessary for andropausal men or menopausal women. Never take any type of hormone without a blood test or saliva test to determine which hormones are low. Remember that the Chinese have prevented many sleep disorders and hormonal imbalances through the use of dietary therapies and Chinese herbs. Please discuss these options with a health care provider.
© Dr. R Stone, MD-India