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Gelsemium

Gelsemium is a flowering plant that possesses strong medicinal properties, which can be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of disorders caused due to stress and irritation. It is a fragrant plant that can produce a soothing effect and calm the senses. Hence, it is used for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.

HOW IT WORKS

Gelsemium works by producing a soothing effect on the mind and body. It can reduce the effects of mental stress on the health of a person. It also acts as a sedative. Hence, it is used for treating insomnia and anxiety. This herb produces a febrifuge action, which can be beneficial in the management of fever. It is particularly used for treating fevers of an intermittent character.

Additionally, Gelsemium acts on the respiratory tract and produces an antispasmodic effect. Hence, it can be used to treat breathing difficulties caused due to the abnormal spams of the bronchi and bronchioles. The anti-spasmodic action of this herb coupled with its expectorant effect can provide relief from a cough.

It can also help to treat localized muscular spasms occurring during convulsions by relieving the spasm of the muscles.

THINGS TO KNOW

Gelsemium produces a varied effect on the different organs and systems of the body. It can improve the health of the nervous system and respiratory tract. It is also suitable for improving the emotional health.

INDICATIONS & USES

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia

RECOMMENDED DOSAGE

Gelsemium can be used in the dose of 30 milligrams per day. The dose may have to be changed depending on the severity of the conditions.

BENEFITS & EFFECTIVENESS

Gelsemium is used for the treatment of psychological diseases like depression and anxiety disorders. It can also relieve the diseases caused due to stress. It also helps to treat insomnia.

Psychological disorders

Gelsemium is indicated in the treatment of psychological diseases such as depression. It is commonly used to obtain relief from the symptoms of this disease such as lack of interest in daily activities, suicidal thoughts, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, and a tendency to stay aloof.

It can relieve the neurological and behavioral abnormalities related to depression such as general weakness, drowsiness, mental apathy, unusual tiredness, lack of muscular coordination, and a feeling of discomfort especially when confronted with unfamiliar situations.

This plant contains alkaloids such as gelsemine, sempervirine, and gelseminine, which can produce a soothing and calming effect on the mind and thus, prevent irritation, agitation, and restlessness. (1)

The neurological signs that are characterized by progressive weakness occurring during convulsions can be prevented by using this herb. It also acts as a natural sedative and induces sound sleep in the patients who experience insomnia due to extreme stress and anxiety.

It can prevent the harmful impact of chronic sleeplessness on the mental and physical health of a person. It can also be used to treat anxiety disorders.

SAFETY & TOXICOLOGY

Gelsemium is not known to cause any side effects. It is considered safe when used in the recommended doses abased in the indications.

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