Humulus Lupulus (Common Hop)
Humulus Lupulus, or Common Hop, is a herbal medicine used for the treatment of psychological diseases caused due to stress like depression and insomnia. It can help in an effective management of diabetes, and high cholesterol. It also supports weight management. It can be used by the obese patients to lose weight. It contains several health-promoting enzymes and chemicals as well as bitter acids, which can help in the treatment and prevention of several diseases.
HOW IT WORKS
Humulus Lupulus works by producing an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect on the tissues and cells of the body. It protects the healthy organs against the damage caused by inflammatory changes and free radicals. It also controls vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin B6, which prevent the disorders caused due to their deficiencies. These nutrients produce a powerful antioxidant action and protect the body against several diseases.
Humulus Lupulus can also boost the functions of the immune system and thus, boost the natural ability of the body to fight infections. It also reduces the risk of immunological diseases. It acts as an anti-aging agent and slows down the degenerative changes in the body.
Humulus Lupulus contains a form of flavonoid called xanthohumol that contributes to the anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-clotting potential of this herb.
THINGS TO KNOW
Humulus Lupulus contains essential oils, minerals, and vitamins. These compounds help to improve the health of the organs and ensure an optimum functioning of the body. The therapeutic benefits of this herb are largely attributed to the essential oils like caryophyllene, farnesene, myrcene, and humulene present in it. These oils possess potent medicinal properties and produce an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic action.
INDICATIONS & USES
- Menopausal symptoms
- High cholesterol
Patients can use Humulus Lupulus in a dose of 60 mg once a day.
BENEFITS & EFFECTIVENESS
Humulus Lupulus is highly recommended for the patients suffering from depression. It is also used to treat the other psychological problems like anxiety, and mental stress. It can help to treat insomnia. Patients can also use it for the prevention and treatment of bacterial and viral infections. It can help to control the cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Hence, patients with diabetes should use it on a regular basis. It also helps in the management of obesity and menopausal symptoms.
Humulus Lupulus is commonly used in the management of depression and anxiety disorders. It can reduce the effect of stress on the physical and mental health of a person. It possesses natural antidepressant properties, which help to control the symptoms of depression. It can also produce an anti-anxiety and adaptogenic effect, and allow a person to adapt to the unfavorable circumstances in life.
These effects of Humulus Lupulus are enhanced by the powerful flavonoids and flavones present in it. These compounds produce an anxiolytic action and calm the senses. This helps to reduce fears and anxieties, which are the common symptoms experienced by the patients facing unpleasant situations. These compounds work by modulating and enhancing the production and action of GABA, a chemical in the brain that relieves stress and improves mood.
Humulus Lupulus also contains α- and β-bitter acids that accentuate the antidepressant and anxiolytic properties of the flavonoids and flavones. A regular use of Humulus Lupulus can enable a patient with depression to overcome the symptoms and lead a normal life. (1)
Humulus Lupulus can be used as a natural sleeping aid. It produces a sedative and calming effect on the mind and body and induces sound sleep. It can help people to fight insomnia by producing a soothing effect and preventing disturbing thoughts in the mind.
Humulus Lupulus also works by increasing the activity of GABA in the nervous system. It creates a sense of relaxation and enables a person to sleep well.
Humulus Lupulus also regulates the release of a hormone called serotonin, which is involved in the sleep regulation. This hormone activates melatonin, which is a natural sleep hormone. This helps in controlling the sleep-wake cycle. A regular use of Humulus Lupulus can help to prevent the adverse effects of chronic insomnia such as depression, and obesity. (2)
Women can use Humulus Lupulus for a safe and effective management of menopausal symptoms. It can reduce the symptoms of menopause such as hot flushes, excessive sweating, sleeplessness, irritability, fluctuating moods, and palpitations.
Humulus Lupulus works by producing an estrogenic activity. It regulates the production of female hormones in the body and prevents the symptoms that occur due to the changes in the hormonal production during this phase. Additionally, prenylflavonoids present in this herb also help to relieve the menopausal symptoms. (3)
Humulus Lupulus contains plant chemicals such as Isohumulones, which help in the management of diabetes. It works by reducing insulin resistance. It lowers the blood glucose levels by regulating the uptake of carbohydrates by the cells. Hence, the use of Humulus Lupulus is recommended for maintaining the blood glucose level within the normal range. (4)
Humulus Lupulus acts as an anti-obesity agent. It stimulates the fat burning processes and ensures a faster weight loss. It also inhibits weight gain and prevents obesity. It can increase the energy usage by the body, and reduce the accumulation of fats while promoting its breakdown.
The active compounds in Humulus Lupulus reduce the action of pro-inflammatory compounds that are activated during obesity. These effects can help a person to shed extra kilos. (5)
SAFETY & TOXICOLOGY
Humulus Lupulus does not cause any serious side effects when used based on the indications. In rare cases, it may cause a few side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It may exacerbate the symptoms of depression in the initial period. However, the symptoms tend to subside over a period of time. Some patients may develop an allergic reaction to this herb resulting in skin rashes and itching. The use of this herb should be avoided by children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers.