Botanical: Humulus Lupulus (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Urticaceae
the subject of a German Commission E monograph, which found this herb
effective for treating sleep disorders and mood problems.
The American Botanical
Council provided us with a summary article, which in confirming the
effectiveness of Hops for a variety of indications. These include
antispasmodic effects on “smooth muscles”, “to promote sleep”, “for
restlessness, other nervous conditions and lack of appetite.”
Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D.
in his book,
Therapies, points out that Hops are used “as a mild sedative and
sleeping aid”, and that these indications have been “verified with good
experimental procedures.” “Generally, a soothing relaxing calm is
experienced within 20 to 40 minutes after ingesting the herb”. Hops also
have “antispasmodic activity”, and “help in the treatment of sleep
Feather Jones, a clinical
herbalist, in her book,
Medicinal Herb Handbook,
describes Hops as a “safe sedative to promote sleep and control
nervousness and nervous stomach problems related to faulty starch
digestion and as . . . a mild pain killer.”
Elements of Health summarizes the known uses of Hops as “good for
nervousness, restlessness, pain, stress, toothaches, earaches,
circulation, muscle cramps.”
A prominent herbalist, David Litell, concludes that Hops have a positive
effect on the liver and lungs.
A prominent herbalist, Joanne Snow, reports that Hops have
bitter, and sedative” effects. It is used to
“treat lack of appetite, restlessness, and disorders of sleep”.
FDA has permitted claims that
Hops “naturally promotes relaxation” and “exerts calming effects, thereby
References on Hops Flower, (Humulus Lupulus)
Daniel Mowrey, Ph. D. Tonic Herbs.
Tonic and tone nerves.
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Potter's New Cyclopaedia of Botanical Drugs and Preparations by R. C.
Wren, F. L. S.
British Herbal Pharmacopoeia 1990.
Sedative, soporific, spasmolytoc, bitter.
British Herbal compendium Volume 1.
Hops have tonic,
anodyne properties. They include volatile oils, and the lupamaric acid or
bitter principal is acid and tonic. For this reason hops improve the
appetite and promote sleep. It has proven to be a tonic in indigestion.
Mrs. M. Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Botanical.com.
stomachic, nervine. Hops have a long
and proven history of herbal use, where they are employed mainly for their
soothing, and tonic and calming effect on the body and the mind.
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