ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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

Updated on October 1, 2014

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

Other information vitamin health guides

Other Recommended supplements in this article

© 2012 Sherrie Gill


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • artist101 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sherrie Gill 

      7 years ago from Hobart,In

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

    • ESPeck1919 profile image

      Emilie S Peck 

      7 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.

    • artist101 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sherrie Gill 

      8 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.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      8 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?

    • artist101 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sherrie Gill 

      8 years ago from Hobart,In

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

    • vespawoolf profile image

      Vespa Woolf 

      8 years ago from Peru, South America

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


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)