Sleep, Pain, Anxiety, Addiction recovery
Relax is a Valerian formula (see Valerian monograph) but has many uses beyond sleep. It helps insomnia, anxiety, headaches, is a strong herbal painkiller, helps reduce emotional and mental trauma, muscle pain, emotional pain, addiction recovery, and assists in pain management. It can also assist jet lag, hyperactivity and for those who need a Valium like herbal effect. Relax is a central nervous system sedative that will slow down the mind and body and is best at night or if under great pain or anxiety. It is a general skeletal muscle and smooth muscle (relaxes tubes of the body such as colon, urinary tract, bile duct, and uterus) relaxer. It is indicated for pain on all levels. It can be used for pain after surgeries or injuries, menstrual cramps, pain from passing a stone (kidney or gall bladder), gas pain, and headaches. The addition of Lobelia and Pulsatilla means this formula is also a parasympathomimetic. These two herbs will affect the autonomic nervous system by reducing adrenaline and therefore help to induce a more relaxed state.
Relax can make one feel less cognitive and even groggy, so it is best used in the evening or when one can relax. Using Kava Gold during the day can help manage pain and anxiety during the day without becoming groggy. Use Relax at night to help induce a better sleep that will help recovery time and to help have better energy the next day through having a good night's sleep. Overall, if the pain or discomfort is great, Relax is the primary formula to use. Relax can help one to come off alcohol, drug, cigarette, or other addictions that make one irritable and where sedation is helpful in the acute recovery phase.