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Hops ( Humulus lupulus)

Definition: Hops is best known for its use in the brewing of beer. It is an extremely useful nervine herb which has been traditionally used to calm the central nervous system and safely induce sleep. During the reign of King George, it was used to fill pillows to help promote relaxation during illness. Native Americans utilized hops for and over acidic stomach and for indigestion.

Applications: Insomnia, headaches, hyperactivity, anxiety, fever, nervousness, pain, stress, stomach spasms, inflammation and colon disorders.

Scientific Updates: Recent in-depth clinical studies reveal that hops works to relax smooth muscle and naturally sedates the nervous system. Lupulone and humulone are the active ingredients of hops. The flavonoid content gives hops its anti-inflammatory action.

Complementary Agents: Valerian root, skullcap, chamomile, mullein, marshmallow, wood betony, passionflower, vitamin E, B-complex, folic acid, niacin, vitamin C, inositol, calcium/magnesium and melatonin.

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