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Hello, I have done extensive research for over 8 weeks, (and ultimately 3 years) over herbs and the pathophysiology of the litany of physical and mental ailments I have. I ultimately realized I was experiencing symptoms similiar to fibromyalgia/PTSD/Chronic fatigue syndrome. I believe my problem, whatever it may be has to do with a overtaxed central nervous system, chronic GI inflammation, and chronic fear/apprehension. So I have been studying herbal supplements extensively.
I discovered that regarding nootropics, and serotonergic compounds, particularly 5-htp, I experience very little relief or effect, without deep restful sleep prior, by 9 to 10 pm, and can only get proper absorption/benefit from combinations of herbs, notably the BEST brands of rhodiola rosea, between 5 am and 8 am. I believe the underlying complex (very complex... ) physiology of a properly functioning CNS and mesocortical limbic reward system, undergoes some important metabolism at this time of the day. But to make my point: I mixed a particular assortment of herbal teas that I believed could be combined with rhodiola and 5-htp to effectively deal with my mental/motivation/adhedonia problems.
The most important issue here, is that I felt lasting effects for hours, the effects were pronounced balanced, clean, sense of well being. This was not a high, or a buzz, it was a very well balanced feeling, that I had previously only associated with a few lucky instances of rhodiola working.
The ingredients were a mixture of standardized
Cat's Claw, Passion Flower, SkullCap, Valarian, St.Johns Wort, Chamomile, Licorice, Kava, added DL-Phenylalanine and L-Phenylalanine, L-Theanine, Magnolia, Phellodendron, Lavender, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Spearmint, and Indian Sarsaparilla
Normally, the elicited effects would have worn off quickly, and never would have worked at the time of the day (7 pm), and I was also in a state of sleep deprivation. The fact that it could work against what all my prior attempts of herbal mixtures outside the 5 am to 8 am window, is worth noting. I look forward to trying this at 5 am, with rhodiola, and yerba mate, and other herbs. I will comment further then.
This combination may very well allow me to alleviate my reliance on caffeine as a motivation drug, and prevent me from having to go to amphetamine. The nature of my psychological issues puts me in a situation where I strongly desire a euphoria rushing sensation to motivate me to do (practically anything constructive). My body cannot handle the stimulant effects, but my mind craves them. Hence, the sustained calm feeling this mixture produced, is a very important finding.
I am sure there are far more experienced studiers of pharmacology and herbology on these boards, what do you make of this?
-note, moderator, if you need to change the title to take out vendor, you can put amphetamine? I'm new here, sorry for any mix-ups.