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Sceletium Herb Health Benefits

Sceletium is a plant from South Africa. It has a long history of use as a traditional medicine by tribes of South Africa. Historically, Sceletium tortuosum was eaten or chewed, or used as a snuff producing euphoria and alertness which gently fades into relaxation.


Traditionally it was chewed, but was also brewed as a tea, or smoked. If chewed in sufficient quantity Sceletium has a mild anaesthetic effect in the mouth, much like kava.


A tea made from Sceletium is sometimes used to wean alcoholics off alcohol.


The mood-elevating action of sceletium is caused by a number of alkaloids including mesembrine, mesembrenol and tortuosamine which interact with the brain’s dopamine and serotonin receptors.


It aids in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, alcohol and drug dependency, as well as curbing the compulsions experienced by bulimia nervosa sufferers and alleviates premenstrual tension.


Researchers are now confirming what many people have known for many hundreds of years, that sceletium has a remarkable ability to effectively treat symptoms of anxiety.


They have also used it for gastrointestinal and respiratory ailments, colic, and to help combat addictions to drugs and alcohol as mentioned before.


The most common uses of sceletium tortuosum were to help with endurance and to clear the mind to help with thinking. It has also been used as an appetite suppressant.


Side effects may include self-limiting headache, mild loose stools, sedation, mild abdominal cramping and stimulation.


Avoid herbs and supplements like 5-HTP, calamus, California poppy, catnip, hops, Jamaican dogwood, kava, St. John’s wort, skullcap, valerian, yerba mansa and others.


Doctors recommend that it not be taken with other sedatives, anti-depressants, and heart medication.


Whether or not it can be safely taken by pregnant women has not yet been scientifically confirmed but no cases involving any negative effects have been reported, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding consult your healthcare practitioner for advice before the use of any herb.

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