Nerve Eight

Anti-inflammatory and nervine blend for easing tension and pain

Nerve EightPain, inflammation and stress are often connected. Inflammation causes pain, pain causes tension, and tension causes more pain. Nerve Eight can help break this vicious cycle. It contains herbs that reduce inflammation, ease pain, relax muscle spasms and reduce tension and stress. Although often thought of as just a nervous system formula, it is also a very potent anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic blend.

Nerve Eight can be helpful to reduce anxiety, arthritis pain, rheumatism, headaches, hysteria, insomnia, menstrual cramping and nervous disorders. It is a useful blend for pain associated with stress and muscle tension.

Here is a breakdown of the herbs in this formula and their properties.


Capsicum is a stimulant that primarily affects the circulatory system. It promotes blood flow to every part of the body. Since pain is often associated with a lack of oxygen, this circulation-enhancing effect can bring oxygen and healing nutrients to damaged areas of the body, reducing pain and promoting healing. Researchers have found that capsaicin, which gives hot peppers their spicy flavor, is able to decrease “Substance P,” a chemical that transmits pain signals from nerve endings to the brain.

White Willow

White Willow contains salicylates, the compounds that scientists attempted to replicate in making synthetic aspirin. White willow has a milder anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving action than aspirin, but it is also free of aspirin’s side effects. White willow has been used for thousands of years to reduce inflammation and fever while easing the pain of headaches and arthritis.


This bitter tasting herb lowers blood pressure and induces drowsiness. Hops is considered the safest sedative in the world by many herbalists and is one of the most frequently employed natural medicines for hysteria, insomnia and frayed nerves. It induces muscle relaxation and, like black cohosh, contains estrogenic compounds.


Valerian is a powerful nervine with strong sedative effects on the central nervous system. It contains valepotriates which lower blood pressure, calm muscle spasms, stop insomnia, ease arthritis pain and relax nervous tension. It is also the best herbal source of calcium and an excellent source of magnesium.

Wood Betony

This bitter herb is used to treat headaches, muscle spasms, arthritis, fevers and twitching. Furthermore, it contains compounds that effectively lower high blood pressure, increase circulation, and dilate peripheral blood vessels.


Ginger has been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years as a remedy for digestive disorders, nausea, fever, coughing, diarrhea, rheumatism and lumbago. The substances in ginger stimulate the circulatory system. It is particularly helpful for increasing circulation to the pelvis and digestive organs, which can ease digestive upset and pain, and reduce menstrual cramping and pain.

Devil’s Claw

This healing plant from Africa has a wonderful ability to reduce inflammation and ease pain from arthritis and rheumatism. It has bitter properties that stimulate digestion and may help to improve elimination of waste from tissues.

Black Cohosh

Although black cohosh is usually promoted as a female herb because it contains estrogenic compounds, it also contains salicylates, like white willow bark, and has been used to reduce inflammation and ease pain. Black cohosh has the added benefit of being an antispasmodic, so it relaxes cramps and muscle spasms that further contribute to its ability to ease minor pain. Black cohosh has been used to treat inflammation, swelling and pain from insect and snake bites, relax the bronchials in asthma, and to ease cramping and discomfort associated with PMS.

Suggested Use

To reduce pain associated with arthritis, PMS, headaches and muscle tension, take two tablets/capsules three times daily with meals.

Selected References

Herbs that Heal by Michael A. Weiner, Ph.D. and Janet Weiner
Natural Healing with Herbs
 by Humbart Santillo B.S., M.H.
Nutritional Herbology
 by Mark Pedersen
The Illustrated Herb Encyclopedia
 by Kathi Keville
Today’s Herbal Health
 by Lousise Tenney

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