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The Benefits of Melatonin, and It's Many Uses. For More than Just Insomnia

Updated on October 1, 2014

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The Many Uses of Melatonin. Including Cancer, Chemotherapy Side Effects, Autism, Headache, Xanax and Nicotine Withdrawal, Cerebral Palsy, Tumors, and Prostrate

The research has been done on this particular supplement and has been found to be very effective, in the treatment of insomnia. I myself use it fairly often, as I suffer from insomnia, a very frustrating ailment.

Melatonin is produced naturally in the pineal gland, and converted into melatonin, as a hormone, from Trytophan. As we age we are less able to convert Trytophan into melatonin, and why the elderly are usually the most effected by this ailment.

Other recommendations include the following:

1. Turn the lights off, and the TV off. Use room darkening curtains. Melatonin is produced as darkness falls. When light hits our eyes, we are Wide Awake, it is the bodies signal to be awake. Very helpful for people who work shift work.

2. Increase your intake of foods high in trytophan, two or three hours before bedtime. Foods high in trytophan include brown rice, whole grains, cottage cheese, meat, nuts, soy, turkey, and dairy products.

3. Calcium 1000mg-2000mg, and Magnesium 400mg-600mg Daily at bedtime. Both are very relaxing, and will help if your brain won't "Turn Off".

4. Read a book, "wind down", warm bath, add lavendar. Set up a routine to tell your body "it's time for sleep".

5. Cut back on caffiene. Stop all caffinated drinks up to 6-7 hours before bedtime. This includes chocolate.

6. Keep excersise and stimulating activities for early morning or afternoon.

For more information on insomnia, go to my article for menopause.

Many other uses have been found in recent research concerning the use of Melatonin, and have been shown to be very effective.

Other uses for melatonin are withdrawals from Nicotine. Along with Calcium and magnesium for the enevitable anxiety as well as Gaba, and the herb Lobelia.

For the side effects of Chemotherapy. Incuding Ginger for nausea, and milk thistle for liver rejuvination, and to better clear the body of the chemo.

For treatment of tumors. A dosage of 10-50 mg is recommended. Along with beta glucan for its ability to activate killer t cells. Co Q 10, Inositol IP6, for its ability to activate killer T cells. Derived from carniferous vegtables, such as cabbage and broccoli.

For autism, retardation, cerebral palsy, as well as calcium and magnesium for their calming effect on the brain.

For cluster headache, a doseage of 10mg is recommended. Other helpful herbs are Butterbur, Feverfew, and thyme. The avoidance of foods containing L-tyramine, an amino acid, has also shown good results. The foods high in l-tyramine include beer, wine, bananas, cheeses, tomatoes, and chocolate. As well as the additives, msg, aspartame, and nitrates.

For anxiety over surgery, although Gaba would be a better choice, as well as calcium and magnesium.

For prostrate cancer, a dose as high as 20mg has been taken. As well as the herb saw palmatto. Shown to prevent prostrate cancer. Turmeric has been shown to actually control the cancer cells that cause it.

For benzodiazepine withdrawal (Xanax). In a dose of 2mg for 6 weeks, while weaning off of said drug. Gaba works as well.

.*****Consult a physician in the treatment of your health concerns. Incorporate your physician in your plan.*****

References: Published in the National Library of Medicine 12/20/2005

Published in Medline Plus, 12/24/2011

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© 2012 Sherrie Westerfield, Cpht


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      Sherrie Westerfield, Cpht 4 years ago from Hobart,In

      Thank you, adding calcium is a good idea. Helps to calm the body, as well as building bones.

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      ESPeck1919 4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Great hub! Very good tips. I think I'll add calcium to my nighttime ritual. Magnesium has proven to be helpful in boosting energy levels, since I've started taking it.

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      Sherrie Westerfield, Cpht 5 years ago from Hobart,In

      The Xanax was tapered off, never stop cold turkey. It has to be dosed down. The melatonin should be taken at night, about 2 hours before bedtime, I would spread them out, as they both are sedating, by two hours.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very interesting. I take from this that it is not harmful to take Xanax and Melatonin together, (I think you are saying that) so what about benedryl or antihistamine taken with this? This time of year I need the antihistamine for allergies in the air, would Melatonin be safe with other medications that may cause drowsiness?

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      Sherrie Westerfield, Cpht 5 years ago from Hobart,In

      It is amazing what natural medicine can do, even beyond our own understanding

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I had no idea melatonin was useful in so many situations. Very interesting! Voted up and shared.