A study to compare the efficacy of Eschscholzia californica MT and Passiflora incarnata MT in insomnia

This article was published in “International Journal of Homeopathic Science

Dr. Anmol Arora



The aim of the study is to compare the efficacy of E. californica MT and Passiflora incarnata MT in Insomnia. Sampling: Randomized controlled trial, Patient attending OPD with complaint of Insomnia. Sample size of 30 patients, Inclusion Criteria: Patient with complaint of Insomnia (Age: 25 to 45year). Exclusion: Patient suffering from Diabetes mellitus, hypertension, Hypothyroidism or taking any drug; Data Collection: Data collection is done through structured questioner. Data analysis: the data is analyzed using SPSS Version 21 Conclusion The study concluded that Eschscholzia californica is found more effective than Passiflora incarnata in cases of Insomnia

Keywords: Yucatec maya, traditional medicine, plant use, herbalist


Insomnia has become a common problem among the people these days. Due to increasing stress level, night shifts, lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyle it has become prevalent among the age group of 25 to 45 year. Homoeopathy has a wide scope for the patient suffering from insomnia. Needless to mention that regular exercise, balanced diet, good sleeping habits are essential to overcome this problem. This study it is attempted to compare the efficacy of two of the well-known medicines used for insomnia in homoeopathy Eschscholzia californica and Passiflora incarnata.

Review of Literature

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty in falling and/or staying asleep. Symptom which are found in patient suffering from insomnia are: Difficulty in falling asleep, waking to early in morning, waking up often during night, difficulty in going back to sleep once awake at night.

Types of Insomnia

There are two types of insomnia

1. Primary insomnia

2. Secondary insomnia

Primary insomnia:

A person having sleep problems that are not directly associated with any other health condition is called as primary Insomnia.

Secondary insomnia:

A person having sleep problems because of some other health condition or medication. Both Primary and Secondary Insomnia can be acute or chronic depending upon its duration of existence i.e how long it lasts and how often it occurs. Acute insomnia which comes and go can last from one night to a few weeks whereas chronic insomnia a person has sleeping problem at least three nights a week for three months or longer.

Causes of Insomnia

Life stress Illness Emotional or physical discomfort Environmental factors like noise, light, or extreme temperatures (hot or cold) Medications Interferences in normal sleep schedule (jet lag / switching from a day to night shift) Depression and/or anxiety

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