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  • Questions on Passionflower, Chamomile, Saffron, L-Theanine & Lemon Balm to help deal with anxiety and low-mood.

    First I would explore for causes of anxiety and low mood to improve overall well-being, vital force and quality of life without dependence on even natural herbal formulas each day for long term use. Then specifically, for these questions:

    Do you feel like this is a good regimen for dealing with anxiety and low-mood?

    The herbs you are taking are good selections, however I would consider taking those in the evening perhaps one hour before you go to sleep where the body can benefit optimally. In the morning maybe a dose of St. John’s Wort along with a good adaptogen such as Ashwaghanda, Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero) or Asian Ginseng can help with chronically moderate stress levels.

    Are each of these substances safe to take on a daily basis?

    I would say you should try to not rely on any herbal for long term use as they are meant to alter and improve current daily wellness so you can enjoy vital health without dependence. Multi-vitamins such as B Complex and Vitamin C may help as daily supplements for stress, however nutritional approaches are best to eat foods in season, fresh, eat variety of foods by rotation, appreciate simple foods, eat with your senses eat moderately and eat less rather than more and keep regular with your dietary inputs.

    With a history of Type 2 Diabetes in my family, do you feel that Cinsulin (a water-based extract of Cinnamon) would be a good option for me?

    Yes, Cinsulin is a unique extract of Cinnamon and should be a good herbal supplement to include for support of healthy blood sugar levels.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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  • What category of the nervous system germs does Lemon Balm fall under?

    Lemon Balm is associated with the central nervous system of which the vagal nerve originates. Lemon Balm is considered an herbal anti-spasmodic and limbic (inner brain) sedative used for nervous conditions associated with anxiety. Since it involves the autonomic nervous pathways that would include the vagus nerve for parasympathetic responses (rest & digest) then that is how it is indicated for use as an “herbal tranquilizer” in general and as a calming herbal with gentle sedative results for tension and stress, so with that it is considered an herbal tonic as an interface between digestion and the nervous system.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

    Jim Sullivan, ND

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  • Bless this Stress

    wintertime stressHerbal remedies and more to keep the holiday blues away

    The yule tide season is the most magical time of the entire year. If you let the hectic holiday pace get to you, you won’t be nearly as much fun. Luckily there are herbs, relaxation techniques, and other helpful hints will make winter your favorite time of year! Read More

  • The Natural Science of Sleep

    the science of sleep

    Getting a good night’s rest

    By Amanda McQuade Crawford

    Proper sleep is absolutely paramount to proper health – and can even affect your chances of developing or coping with diabetes. But prescription (and even some over-the-counter) sleep aides can be habit forming or even dangerous. Read More

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