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Herbal medicine
A medicinal preparation, usually of herbal origin, which is said to act on the nervous system, reduce anxiety and tension (nervine relaxant), and stimulate or strengthen neural function.

• Nervine relaxants—Betony (Betonica officinalis), catnip (Nepeta cataria), hops (Humulus lupulus), lady’s slipper (Cypripedium pubescens), mistletoe (Viscum album), passion flower (Passiflara incarnata), skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora), valerian (Valeriana officinalis). 
• Nervine stimulants—Cayenne (Capsicum fruticens), ginger (Zingiber officinale), horseradish (Cochlearia armaracia), poplar (Populus tremuloides), prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum), snake root (Aristolochia reticulata), wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens).  
• Nervine tonics—Belvedere cypress (Kochia scoparia), black pepper (Piper nigrum), cistanche (Cistanche salsa), Chinese jujube (Ziziphus vulgaris), dodder (Cuscuta japonica), dogwood (Cornus officinalis), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), garlic (Allium sativum), ginseng (Panax ginseng).
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A natural substance, such as an herb, which is calming to the nervous system.
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Soothes and calms the nervous system.
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Herbal treatment employs nervines, antispasmodics, carminatives and sedatives to deal with the symptoms of IBS (Braun 2005, Bian 2006, Bundy 2004).
According to Varro Tyler, Ph.D., in his book Herbs of Choice, agents used to treat anxiety or insomnia are referred to by numerous names, including "sleep aids, sedatives, hypnotics, soporifics, antianxiety agents, anxiolytics, calmatives and minor tranquilizers." Herbs that fall into any of the above categories are often ambiguously called "nervines." The best-known and best-researched herbal sleep aid is valerian (Valeriana officinalis).
Kava may be omitted and other botanicals substituted, using muscle relaxers such as valerian or nervines such as Hypericum, depending on the patient and the circumstance.
Follow-up treatment may include immunostimulation (Echinacea spp), adaptogenic (Eleuthrococcus senticosus) and anti-allergenic herbs (Scutellaria baicalensis, Tylophora asthmatica and/or Gingko biloba), digestive and liver tonics (Berberis vulgaris, Rumex crispus and Silybum marianum), lymphatic herbs (Iris versicolor, Galium aparine) and nervines (Avena sativa, Melissa officinalis, Tilia cordata); with a review of exercise, relaxation techniques and diet.
root]); nervines, (lemon balm [Melissa officinalis]) and angelica (Angelica archangelica); and milk thistle (silybum marianum).
(20) Lavandula angustifolia is a relaxing nervine incorporated as part of the management of menstrual migraines (21) and traditionally used to treat migraine.