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Unread 05-01-2012, 06:25 PM   #1
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[FONT="Arial Black"][/font] Recently, I began taking 5HTP to boost serotonin levels. I have become jittery and lost sleep last night. Could this be a symptom from 5HTP? I had a traumatic brain injury several years ago and don't react predictably now.
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Unread 05-01-2012, 11:29 PM   #2
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Could be ... I can't tolerate 5-HTP either.

You could try some l-tryptophan. We use it here, but every night, we both reach some plateau, and the jitters start with it too. So I take it once a week now. The tryptophan is much
gentler and slower.
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What do you think of catnip as a muscle relaxer/sleep aid? Years ago, before the spinal issues required ongoing attention by a physician, I was able to manage with nsaids for inflamation and pain, power walking (endorphins being my drug of choice ), and catnip as a muscle relaxer and sleep aid. Approx. 30 minutes before bedtime, I would make a cup of strong catnip tea. Shortly thereafter, my muscles would be nice and soft, as opposed to a rock hard spasm, and I would feel drowsy. I would awaken in the am refreshed, with no hangover. I would take a cup of tea durring the day, prn, when I would begin to experience serious spasm. The tea would reduce the spasm before it had a chance to peak and put me on the heating pad for the rest of the day. Have a great day.
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I've never tried it...

But our old cats sure liked it... In fact our new young ones
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Cat nip tea is an old southern US remedy (mostly for stomach ailments in humans). I'll have to research it now!

http://www.drugs.com/npc/catnip.html
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[FONT="Arial Black"][/font] Recently, I began taking 5HTP to boost serotonin levels. I have become jittery and lost sleep last night. Could this be a symptom from 5HTP? I had a traumatic brain injury several years ago and don't react predictably now.
Just wondered... are you taking any other medications?
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I've never tried it...

But our old cats sure liked it... In fact our new young ones
LOVE it too.

Cat nip tea is an old southern US remedy (mostly for stomach ailments in humans). I'll have to research it now!

http://www.drugs.com/npc/catnip.html
I must admit, I picked this up when I moved down South. If taken in moderation, you should not be caught rolling on the floor. On the other hand, I used to make it by the pitcher, adding cranberry powder from capsules for added flavor. YUM!!! One summer afternoon a friend and I put down two pitchers while watching some movies. My friend ended up terribly giddy, her reflexes had slowed down and I had her spend the night on my sofa rather than driving.
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One summer afternoon a friend and I put down two pitchers while watching some movies. My friend ended up terribly giddy, her reflexes had slowed down and I had her spend the night on my sofa rather than driving.
You sure that was catnip?

It allegedly makes a pretty good mosquito & cockroach repellant as well.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0828075659.htm

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