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Over the last few months my job has been extremely stressful and tiring and I have been getting less and less sleep each night. I'm only in my twenty's and I didn't want to go to the doctors and be prescribed any medication. A few friends had mentioned trying Kalms tablets. I didn't think they would work but to get some sleep it was worth giving them a try!
The bottle is solid glass and had 200 tablets inside (i'm not sure if you can get bigger or smaller bottles as I haven't looked). I paid just under £6 with free delivery from Amazon.
They are described as a natural plant remedy that should relieve periods of worry stress irritability. You need to take 2 tablets at 3 different times of the day. I did forget on a few occasions to take them but overtime I felt myself dropping to sleep much quicker and not laying in bed over thinking everything and not been able to shut off. It wasn't an over night cure but gradually I got back to my old self - I was a lot calmer and relaxed during the day and late at night when going to bed.
I then started worrying about stopping taking them and thinking I would go back to stressing and not been able to sleep. As things become more relaxed at work (we are busy for 4 months of the year and then it drops quiet) I stopped taking as many tablets each day. I was taking the tablets for around 8 weeks, I reduced the amount to just 2 tablets each day for 2 weeks and then after that I completely stopped.
They really did help me during a stressful time and I will definitely be buying some more in future. It doesn't say there are side effects or how long you can them for but with any medication, I wouldn't want to get hooked on them permanently.
I wouldn't describe myself as a supporter though I'm not against them either. Occasionally myself am skeptical of how effective they may be, so the only means to place them to the evaluation would be to give them a go. I've had problems sleeping for a number of years and I used to be fed up of the continuous sleepless nights. I had seen the adverts and couldn't see the harm in giving the Kalms 'Sleep' tablets an opportunity.
As a result of my time spent in hospital a number of years past I've not managed to sleep properly since then. Myself am unsure why but I just find that I can't unwind on an evening and get settled. I work very early in a morning today, so I had to attempt a thing that might help me to sleep. It was my first experience and it convinced me to attempt them in the future.
The strong purple colour of the Kalm Sleep box instantly caught my eye. The strong purple backdrop gives a quieting influence for me.
To the front of the bottle the words 'Promotes refreshing natural sleep' can be seen. Myself think the layout of the label and box ensure the potential consumer can get the information that's important to them quickly and also that whilst the promotion appears rather plain it includes all of the important information. The Kalms packaging has changed regularly over time plus it does appear rather modern in my view.
It is proposed that you take these pills when you're willing as they won't simply knock you out, to go to bed! I took four tablets using a glass of water as proposed and around half an hour later I went to to bed. It might take around an hour to take effect, as you may start to become frustrated though you shouldn't keep seeing the clock. The pills were taken by me and just went through my usual bedtime routine.
When myself woke up the next morning I realised that I'd slept quite nicely. I do often wake up in the middle of the night time and especially around 1am when I've my window open as past flies and wake me from my slumber. The tablets are white in colour and possess a tough shell, though you do not need to chew them and you should simply consume them whole. The tablets are round and very small, so even if you have trouble taking pills you should be fine with these. A Smartie is not smaller than them, so nobody should struggle.
The Kalms Sleep tablets must have ensured I had a sleep that was deeper than normal, and so I guess you can say I am impressed by the outcomes. Kalms Sleep all the time, though they do get used at the start of the week when I'm back at work after a few lay ins at the weekend isn't used by me!
Ingredients and advice
To promote a natural and refreshing sleep the following active ingredients have been in each tablet;
Valerian Extract 45mg
Passiflora Infusion 16.82mg
Wild Lettuce Infusion 22.5mg
Kalms Sleep additionally includes sucrose.
It is advised that you should just use these tablets as a temporary measure to help promote sleep, otherwise you might become reliant on them. You must take a few tablets an hour before slumber and you shouldn't chew them.
Price and availability
Priced at around GBP4 for 50 tablets myself believe that the Kalms Sleep tablets are priced competitively. They're available from lots of drugstores and all major supermarkets additionally.
Overall I am mildly impressed with the Kalms Sleep tablets. Until your alarm clock goes off, they won't knock you out and ensure sleep. Myself actually don't think this would be promised by any tablets ! What the do is encourage a full night of sleep by calming you down and myself imagine they could likewise have a placebo effect on some folks with slumber to additional help.
The tablets usually do not have some taste plus they do not smell, so they are not difficult to administer and you won't be left disappointed. One final point to note is that you should not take Kalms Sleep pills whilst on particular other medications.
I was told by my doctors about these tablets when they told me about my stress and anxiety and they told me they would help to calm me down, so I went and bought some straight away. They help at times, but sometimes I see no effect at all. The tablets make me feel rather drowsy and sleepy about an hour after taking them so I only take them at night just before bed, and then the next day I actually feel better and a lot calmer. However, I don't see the use of these if you have anxiety like me, as if you are like me and get anxious about certain things, such as medicines and tablets, these aren't the best to take as they can cause headaches and sickness/nausea. If you have stress and get stress/tension headaches, I think these tablets actually help and they calm you down, so I recommend them to people with stress, but not anxiety.
Over the years I noticed that I can stress myself out over the most simple of things and get anxious and in turn become moody. I had some exams coming up and wanted to make sure that I was as calm as possible and avoid this situation as I needed to focus. But I did not want to see the doctor and end up being prescribed something that was a little strong or had side effects.
This is when my mum brought me some Kalms tablets to try, I thought there were worth a try as they were sold in the health shop and were herbal, so were not a prescribed drug so should not have any harmful side effects.
Kalms are in table form and there are 200 in a glass bottle which retail around £7 there are smaller packets available with 84 tablets for just over £4, it you are going to use these regularly then its more cost effective to buy 200.
They contain pure plant extracts and are designed to help people cope with the worry and stress of everyday living. They also recommend that they can help ladies dealing with the menopause, helping with the hot and cold sweats and lack of sleep.
It is recommended that you take two tablets three times a day and each tablet has Hops Powder, Valerian and Genian in.
Kalms tablets are widely available from health shops, supermarkets and beauty stores such as Boots and Superdrug. They can drastically alter in price and they are usually on special, so if you do buy these make sure that you shop around for the best deal.
I have to say that I never really noticed a difference when I was taking these tablets, but I only tried them for just over a week after the exams I stopped, I was still anxious, but have now learnt over the years that a little nerves is a good thing and have now learnt to deal with them. Other people I have spoken to highly recommended them.
I think if anything as you know you are taking the tablets it is all in the mind, you have taken the tablet therefore you think that you are going to be alright and if this works and alleviates your stress that is great, but I do not feel it is down to the tablets that you are taking.
Kalm pills are something that I rarely use, but have felt the need to take on a number of occasions over the years. Generally when I have a stressful event that I know is coming up such as a job interview or public speaking occasion I will take some of these pills. I find that I struggle with stress and nerves leading up to such occasions and these help me to deal with my anxieties.
Kalms pills come in a cardboard box and generally come in boxes of 84, but I have also seen larger packs available. The box is a pale and dark blue with a Kalms tablet pictured on the front. The back of the box has the product description and an ingredients list. Inside the cardboard box is the blister pack with individually sealed tables and a leaflet with further instructions and information.
This product is a natural herbal remedy mix of pure plant extracts that is renowned to relieve and combat worry, anxiety, and irritability caused by the stresses in life. The pills are also used to aid in sleep deprivation and Kalms also have a 'Kalms Sleep' product specifically for this problem.
There are a lot of products out there that advertise remedies for anxiety and stress, however Kalms seem to be the top manufacturer and all of their pills are full of natural ingredients. This means that the pills are not harmful or full of chemicals that could actually make your problems worse. Some of the ingredients listed on these pills are Hops (45 g), Valerian extract (33.75 g), Gentrian extract (22.5 mg and sucrose.
The pills themselves are white sugar coated circular pills that are quite big but easy to swallow because of their outer shell. You are advised to take two tablets, three times a day, which I think is quite a lot of tablets to be taking. Why they can't increase the dosage in each I don't know. Personally, and with most non-prescription pills and vitamins that I take, I tend to not keep a strict regime with these things. As I have said I do not feel that I need to be on these pills all of the time, but every now and then and before important and stressful events I will begin taking them again.
Generally I will take a couple of these pills during the day rather than the larger stated dose, after all these are herbal products and too little or much is not likely to make much of a difference in my opinion. I tend to think these are slightly placebo rather than making a huge difference to my stresses. I feel a bit more confident and relaxed after taking these a few days prior to when I feel that I need them and so they obviously have some positive effect on my condition.
Not being a long term sufferer and not taking them day in and day out I unfortunately cannot comment on the long term results and benefits of using Kalms. I do think however that they can only be good for you - having all natural calming ingredients and even if it is a placebo effect then as long as it is making some noticeable difference then they are doing well.
These are often recommended by doctors to patients and are available without needing a prescription. They are also pretty good value compared to other calming products, currently costing £4.40 in Boots and these are also on a 3 for 2 promotion that makes them very reasonably priced. Overall I like these tablets; they make me feel better by making me feel a lot more relaxed and de-stressed than without them, as such I recommend them and if they have such an effect on my relatively small problem/need for them I can only imagine they are a huge benefit for others with bigger issues.
I continue to buy and use Kalms tablets occasionally, though to be honest I really don't think they work to any great extent, and if they do, it's simply a placebo effect. I've been buying Kalms for as long as I can remember. I'm quite a panicky sort of person and since my daughter was born, I really do feel it's become a lot worse. I worry a lot and have long periods of stress and anxiety, which goes on to give me, stomach cramps and IBS. I decided to self-medicate a long time ago, as I didn't want any prescription drugs from my GP. He had suggested a short course of Prozac to help alleviate my symptoms but I thought this was a bit too scary to contemplate and decided to go for the natural approach, instead. My mother and sister have also been taking Kalms for years and I just felt generally better knowing that I wasn't putting any chemicals into my body and using a herbal remedy, instead.
Kalms are very widely available and prescription is needed. My doctor actually laughed at me when I told him what I was taking and said "you may as well be swallowing Smarties". I didn't let this put me off though and I do take them when I've feeling very stressed or anxious to help alleviate my symptoms.
I buy Kalms from Tesco's usually and they cost £7.29 for 200 little smooth round shiny-coated tablets. They come in a large sized glass jar with lid and the jar itself is blue in colour. The main ingredients include, hops powder, extract of gentian, extract of valerian and sucrose and they are suitable for anyone over the age of 12 years old. Take 2 tablets and swallow with water. The jar states that up to six can be taken but the most I've every had has been four.
I can't honestly truly say whether these tablets do work at helping to alleviate my panicky and stressy moments an tough I do feel that my symptoms feel slightly better after I've taken the tablets, I have a feeling that it may be a case of me wanting to believe that they are working - especially after what my doctor said.
Whether it's the tablets doing their job properly or I'm just wanting to believe they are working, is irrelevant really though I suppose, as I do feel slightly less anxious about an hour or so after taking them, so I suppose in this respect they DO actually work.
One jar of 200 tablets will last me for many months an they always have a really long shelf life. I will keep on buying and using them though as I'd far rather take these than I would a prescription drug.
I give them three out of five stars.
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As I've mentioned in a few reviews lately, I've had a couple of things getting me down of late. As well as trying to counter this with regular "girl time" pampering sessions indulging in my cosmetics obsession, I've also taken the step of introducing Kalms tablets into my daily routine to try to take the edge off my wound-up state. I didn't know if they would have much effect, but it seemed worth a try.
***WHAT'S A KALMS TABLET, THEN?***
Kalms have been around for a while. Last time I used them they came in brown glass jars with a blue label, which is how I was reminded of the product recently - I came across one of my old jars of Kalms Night and thought it would be a good time to reinvest in the product.
Now, it turns out, Kalms have moved with the times. You can now get this in a bottle pack of 200 pills, but I have mostly seen them available in a 84-pill blister pack. This should last you two weeks and while you can buy through the brand's website for over £5, I have bought two packets of this from Asda and Waitrose and paid £4 both times - possibly a promotion although I didn't see one advertised.
Kalmsstress.com is quite a nice website where you can purchase this product and it also kindly offers plenty of tips on dealing with stress - but there is little information on what is actually in them. It just claims to be a traditional remedy used to relieve worry, irritability and the stresses and strains of every day life. It helps promote natural sleep and can also be useful for women suffering from the symptons of menopause. It is a herbal product which comes in white, sugar-coated pills which you are advised to take two of at three points throughout the day. Probably not particularly originally, I opt for breakfast, lunch and when I get home at night an hour or so before bed to try to aid sleep - I don't use the Kalms Nights in conjunction with the original product. You are meant to take these after meals so it makes fairly obvious sense.
The packaging is much more informative than the website on the actual product, I find! In a relaxing combination of blue shades (ignore the apparent image of the blue gel capsule on the front - these are white hard tablets inside). The front of the box claims inclusion of Hops, Valerian and Gentian. I know of Valerian's calming qualities as it was often our medicine of choice to calm our family pet dogs on Bonfire night, although I had no idea Hops were similarly capable and the third ingredient is a new one on me.
Each tablet contains 45mg of Hops, 33.75mg Valerian Extract and 22.5mg Gentian Extract. Sucrose is included which I presume is the coating. These are all the ingredients listed as being present in the product and, stating the bleeding obvious, the packaging advises you not to take it if you are allergic to any of them. Given we live in a world where I once read seafood allergy advice on a pack of frozen Tesco Salmon, I am not even remotely surprised....
These tablets are not the smallest but I often take larger vitamin supplements and with the coating I find these fine to take with a sip of water.
Valerian can see its effects enhanced by alcohol, so excessive consumption should be avoided. The tablets should not be stored above 25 degrees, and these can make you feel sleepy, with buyers advised not to drive or operate machinery if they are thusly affected.
There is a further information leaflet in the box which you should read before use. If you miss a dose, do not double up; it is advised that though this is a natural product, no non-essential medication should be taken when pregnant or breast feeding. Should you develop nausea or abdominal cramps you are advised to talk to your doctor, as you are if on any non-prescription medicine or on any medicine which may make you drowsy.
Not recommended for anyone under 18, and it is advised that notable effects may not come into play for 2-4 weeks for the product should be taken continually. The internal leaflet contains a full list of ingredients, which I personally think should be on the box clearly: they include Acacia, Icing Sugar, Magnesium Stearate, Maize Starch, Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Starch Glycolate, Stearic Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Carnauba Wax, Mastercote White SP0950, Purified Talc, Shellac Varnish, Sucrose, Titanium Dioxide and Yellow Beeswax! No wonder they don't put that on the box....
They are produced by Lanes Health, based in Gloucester.
***DO THEY WORK?***
First off, a note on the packaging. I think that the introduction of the blister packs - so you can take one plastic foil-backed sheet to work with you - is a great introduction. The last thing I want at the moment is someone at work taking the mick or thinking I can't cope when they spot a sodding great glass jar of Kalms tablets! This is far more practical - you can have one in your desk drawer, one in your bag, some at home etc, so you don't miss dosses by leaving bottles at work or at home, and subtle. I personally think this is important. I have not had any instance of the pills escaping their foil prisons in my bag either so I am happy with this.
Now, I personally found these products worked and worked quickly - within a week I felt a lot calmer, and felt I was sleeping better. Whether or not this could be attributed to a placebo effect, the mental effect of feeling that I was at least doing something positive, did worry me. However, two instances made me feel that the change in my demeanour could be down to this product rather than anything else.
First of all, I have always had a terrible habit of grinding my teeth when I sleep. I used to know I was doing it, a sure sign I was about to have a massive bout of stress symptoms, because I would start to wake up with a very sore jaw and neck. Now, poor Mr Rarr has to hear it. Whilst it never wakes me, it does him and, due to the twin reasons that it is not a nice sound and it means his girl is unhappy, he hates hearing it. Unprovoked, he told me that I hadn't been grinding my teeth for a few days straight, which recently has been unheard of. So my subconscious seemed happier anyway.
Secondly, as I felt more relaxed heading towards the end of the two-week supply blister pack, I also took some time off work and stopped popping these like clockwork in desperation for them to work. You could argue that being off work made me more relaxed therefore it wasn't such an issue - but I also started to realise that, despite being off work, as I accidentally skipped a day's dose or one meal's dose thus lowering my daily intake, my stresses came back. Maybe coincidence, but on one of those days after barely taking these for about three days, I found myself tense, lashing out and on the verge of tears over the slightest thing as I had often been before. I have started taking them again with more dedicated regularity whilst off work and I feel calmer, more able to focus, that I am sleeping better and that things don't affect me out of proportion once again.
So I thoroughly recommend these if you feel stressed when you know that you are not depressed or suffering from extreme situations - admitting to day-to-day stress does seem to have stigma attached to it these days, particularly for women - either other women will think we can't "have it all" therefore are weak or men will think we're just "girls" who can't cope. But if something is widely available that can improve your outlook and sleep, and consequently your health, I think that there is no shame in using it, although I would prefer that my colleagues didn't know about it.
For me, the main thing about this product is that its effects mean I can sleep better - I recall I used to be impressed by Kalms nights but while I saw if this product would work for me now I have tried to save money but just using the regular product. If I can sleep better, I can cope better with my working day, and over time my energy levels can rise and allow me to consider other things that might improve my mental wellbeing - I am currently considering yoga and taking up running with the latter aim being a long-term plan to raise money for charity. It also helps me clear my mind, separate issues and target and deal with them more effectively, and therefore make more time for my other ambitions and aims which I felt were falling by the wayside. Small things - like having the energy to do half an hour's cleaning up when I get in after work - help the overall picture in a big way and if these little white herbal tablets - despite their less than savoury sounding list of actual ingredients! - can help with that and I can get them for a price averaging less than £3 per weekly dose then I am very pleased with them. I shall continue to take them at the moment while I work to change the sources of my stress, and see no problem with stopping taking them - they certainly aren't displaying any addictive issues if I can forget to take them when they do their job and make me relax more!
Overall a very pleasing, non-prescription herbal product that may very well help you if you are feeling stressed. Of course, if you suspect you are depressed - and the leaflet does say if things don't improve after four weeks you should consult a GP about your feelings - then please seek professional help and don't feel that you need to hide it. I've been there in the past and life is too short - take the steps you need to in order to get as much enjoyment from it as possible. I am very pleased by this product and shall continue to take advantage of its benefits as long as I need to while I make the adjustments to my life that will bring a genuine change to my mindset and remove the causes of the stress, and am very happy to do so without worrying that it will have side effects of its own that I need to be concerned about.
'Kalms relieve periods of worry, irritability, stresses and strains' - so it says on the bottle. I took these originally to calm myself on long haul flights. I'm not afraid of flying, I just got anxious and claustrophobic the longer I was confined in the tiny seating spaces in economy. So I would take them at 4 hourly intervals and noticed they really worked well. They made me feel quiet, to describe it - it's like when you wake up very early and all you've managed is to walk to the sofa and sit back down again. You're sort of awake but not fully functioning.
I was so happy with this that I now also take them before visiting the dentist too, I did check this with him and he said it was fine to do. Again, the slightly numb, not quite with it, feeling helps get me into the chair every six months.
Knowing how I am, I benefit from taking them the night before I have something important coming up. You know, the times when you need a really good night's sleep, but wake up at 3 am with your mind whirring. Like when you have an important interview, or when you have a big presentation, and wake up suddenly thinking you've slept through the alarm, or dreamt you can't find your shoes? Taking them at 10.00ish means I sleep through, and wake up refreshed. I don't thing they work as a full on sleeping pill, but they help you sleep better than you would have. I've never had any bad effects, I don't wake up groggy, and I've never overslept.
The text says Kalms are a traditional herbal remedy that can relieve stress, irritability, promote natural sleep and bring relief to the symptoms of the menopause including wakefulness, cold sweats and flushing. The label also says to take 2 tablets 3 times a day, not recommended for under 18's. The active ingredients are Valerian Extract, Hops and Gentian.
I often recommend them. They have pleasant affect on me, without too much affect. I wouldn't take them if you need to drive anywhere, but I think you could drive well if you had to.
£7.00 for a bottle of 200. This will last even me ages, I and use them quite frequently.
Kalms are a natural, herbal remedy which is supposed to ease worry, states of panic and irritability. The tablets are supposed to encourage a settled sleep which will rid the user of tiredness and lethargicness which causes the worry and panic.
Kalms are perfect for someone who does not like to take prescription medicine and would prefer a more natural approach. I personally do not like to take anything at all but if the circumstances call for it then I will. I went through a stage of constantly worrying last year and I desperately did not want to use prescribed anxiety pills so my mother in law suggested I try Kalms.
Kalms come in a fair sized box which is an ocean blue in colour - I suppose this is to reinforce the idea of calmness and tranquility. It has the brand name across the top and a picture of a blue ball in what I think looks like water. It also states it is a natural remedy made from plants. Inside the box is a leaflet telling you how to use and any side effects etc. A bit like what you would get with antibiotics or paracetamol. Kalms are little round, glossy white tablets and you get approximately 200 in a jar. The tablets come in a little glass jar with a large white lid and the Kalms label wrapped around them. The jar isn't small enough to carry around in your pocket. It is quite bulky so if you wanted to take some tablets out with you, you would have to dispense them into a different container.
Ingredient wise they contain: hops powder, extract of gentian, extract of valerian and sucrose and can be taken from 12 years of age.
Kalms can be purchaed in Boots, Superdrug and most chemists. I do not think I have ever seen them in supermarkets but I may be wrong. A box cost me just over £7.00 which is alot but there are more than enough tablets to make it worth the money.
I was a little unsure if these would work. My mother in law is very much homepathic in terms of medicine but given that they are natural, I didn't think it would hurt to try them as they wouldn't hurt me. You can take up to 6 of these tablets a day but I never took that many. I took 2 a day when I was at my highest state of panic. I found the tablets very easy to swallow. It is just like swallowing a Smartie. I didn't find the Kalms worked instantly. It took about half an hour for me to notice a change in my state of mind. I did feel myself relax and I felt a little calmer. The Kalms definately took the edge off of my panic. As I was panicking so much, I found I wasn't sleeping very well so the same day I took another two before bed and found myself to sleep right through without waking up which I do think was down to the Kalms.
Luckily for me, my worries got better and I found I haven't had to use the Kalms in a while but I really believe they helped me and I have a jar in the cupboard just in case we ever need them. They definately helped me relax and it was nice to know I did have a little help from something which was completely natural. I wouldn't say these are the most amazing tablets in the world but they do take the edge off when you are worrying etc and they do help you to sleep. I would definately recommend a person to try them if they do not want to go down medically prescribed drugs routes.
When I was in university halls, one of my flatmates had a box of Kalms and some sort of pipette squirty calming stuff to help her not freak out in a presentation. I took about 6 Kalms and a few squirts of the liquid to see what would happen. The only thing that happened was that she came home and went mental at me for using her stuff. Was quite stressful in the end, and I wasn't stressed to start with. Useless.
I spent the most part of the end of last year taking driving tests, it was actually 4 times, but it seemed like a lot more! I got so nervous that when I sat in the car with the examiner on my first test I actually wanted to just jump straight back out, I stalled before we had even left the centre, and I was just a wreck. My driving instructor recommended I gave Kalms a try to see if they helped. I also started taking them a few months ago when my doctor diagnosed that I was suffering from depression and wanted to prescribe me anti-depressants, I wanted to give these Kalms another try first to see if they would help.
== Information ==
Kalms can be purchased for around £6 for 200 tablets from supermarkets and chemists.
The dosage information is 2 tablets 3 times a day after food, no more than 6 tablets a day.
== My experience ==
The bottle of Kalms tablets come in a blue cardboard box. The bottle is slightly tinted and contains all the normal information you would find on medicine packaging. The tablets themselves are really small, I would say the smallest tablet I've ever taken and due to the sugar coating I could easily take the 2 tablets at the same time with a drop of water.
I started taking the tablets a few days before my second driving test as I thought they may take a few days to take effect. However, they didn't make me feel any different to the first test in the slightest. I still sat in the drivers seat wanting to jump out as soon as the examiner told me to set off, I was a nervous wreck yet again. Thanks Kalms, I wasted £6 trying to calm down and it didn't work!
So I worked out that Kalms didn't help my driving test nerves, I tried rescue remedy for my third test but that didn't work either. The only thing that calmed my test nerves were the betablockers that my doctor prescribed, I took them then passed, hurrah! Anyway, fast forward to a few months ago, the stress of my daughter not sleeping, being badly behaved, hurting other children, I turned into a recluse. I didn't want to leave the house, I worried about what other people might think, didn't want to be THAT parent that everyone talks about, I was sad and alone, being a single parent is hard at the best of times, add all the problems into it and I was a mess. We originally went to the doctors because I couldn't cope with the rubbish sleep, he then went on to diagnose me as depressed and wanted to give me some anti-depressants. I wasn't very happy to take anti-depressants, and I still had the bottle of Kalms in my cupboard so I gave them another go.
Again, the Kalms tablets had no effect whatsoever. I took them for a couple of weeks this time, thinking they might of needed longer to take effect, but nothing. I was still a recluse, hiding at home. I think the Kalms were useless, I was taking tablets and not seeing any changes.
Saying all of this though, my friend takes these as she suffers from anxiety and couldn't recommend them enough. I don't really know why they work for her and not me. So if you were thinking about trying them, give them a try and see if they work for you.
I wouldn't recommend these based on my experiences, but it really does seem like it's a bit hit and miss whether or not they will work for you. The price is quite steep too, I seemed to have just chucked my £6 in the bin!
Two things come to mind when you read the sentence "A traditional Natural Plant Remedy"..
One, how reassuring it is (and relevant) to know that the little pill you're taking is from nature, therefore all good. Two, because its from nature and bares no such drug, its most likely some phony baloney magical cure that more than likely, won't have any effect on you whatsoever. It all looks fairly nice on the outside in a simple blue box, already sending you the message via its colour, that its a soothing, relaxed remedy - that and the rather simplistic brand name 'Kalms' - a deliberate misspelling that just makes the product more juvenile really. Never the less, Kalms' are pretty well known tablets ranging from a very reasonable five to ten pounds for 100 - 200 pills (found online, pharmaceutical stores and chemists) with many people recommending such a helpful product to friends, family and colleagues, claiming that, as the brown glass bottle states, "Relieves periods of worry, irritability, stresses & strains". All this with only three active ingredients:
- Valerian Extract
- Gentian Extract
The appearance of the pills is good - smooth and white, smaller than a skittle. Easy to swallow and not really any taste other than a slight sweetness from the coating. I might be a bit fussy here but the smell can be just a little off-putting, a muddy jungle-ish, hard to describe scent that is the last thing you want when you want to stop stressing. As for any sort of genuine effect, there doesn't seem to be any real feeling of change. The way I see it is that if someone is going to worry, only they can stop worrying by not thinking about whatever it is that may seem so daunting. You could argue that, like your everyday paracetamol, these get to work when you give them time and forget about waiting for effects and what it is you were stressing over in the first place. However, therein lies the placebo effect. Personally, I did not really expect a definitive effect nor did I wait for one. I took 2 pills before a job interview and did what I always did, listened to music and genuinely stopped worrying too much. So in that sense, they can't really be expected to halt nervousness - something Kalms' doesn't claim to relieve but its a fine line between nervous and worried.
Basically I believe its all in the mind and if someone is truly under so much stress and is actually worrying a lot, they would be better off seeking medical attention and using prescription drugs rather than a low priced alternative. It's medically proven that Valerian does have calming effects, there's no doubting that, but when it comes down to it in pill form, perhaps 33.75mg just isn't enough to make a difference, that or some people have high intolerance to it. By all means they are worth a try though.
Over the last few years a cumulative series of unfortunate events starting with my parents both becoming seriously ill in the same week (now both passed on), through a hip and (undiscovered in time) knee fracture to redundancy has led to a bit of a case of the hebejebes, so cue Kalms! The wife wanted me to go to the doctor but I was reluctant initially so she came home with a bottle of Kalms and practically used a blow pipe to ensure I tried them.
The bottle I have contains 100 easy to swallow white coated tablets they are also sold in 200 tablet sizes (£7.99 at Boots at time of writing, prices do vary and they're widely available). Kalms are a plant based remedy which are not know to have side effects. Apart from aiding anxiety and stress Kalms also claims " it also relieves symptoms of the menopause including worry, wakefulness, flushing and cold sweats. Kalms also helps to promote natural sleep" (taken from the Kalmsstress website). I took them to aid sleep and help reduce anxiety when awake, so will be reviewing them from that perspective.
The tablets are not meant to be used in the place of prescribed medication, and they are recommended for ages over 12 only.
The recommended dosage for these tablets is two three times daily after food. The active ingredients in Kalms are: Hops powder BHP 45mg which has a relaxing and sedative effect, extract of valerian 135mg,which is proven to have sedative and anti anxiety effects, extract of gentian from 90mg which seems to have quite a complex effect, from increasing circulation, to aiding digestion, I'm not sure in what way it works in Kalms, but from what I've read it is used as a general tonic, and may be what helps with menopausal symptoms.
I hoped for immediate results but didn't expect them, so I was pleasantly surprised that they did seem to have a small impact within half an hour of taking. It's hard to describe the effect, but it almost felt like reassurance from within, kind of like a warm hug. I was having severe difficulty dropping off at the time and although I did find it a little easier to fall asleep while taking these, it didn't make a big difference, and I still woke during the night and found it difficult to fall back to sleep.
I didn't have any side effects while taking these, and apparently unless you are allergic to one of the components there aren't really any. One of the main attractions for using Kalms is that they are so natural, and there is no risk of addiction either.
I used Kalms for several weeks and while they did ease feelings of anxiety and panic to a certain extent it soon became apparent that I would have to suck it up and go see my G.P. like a big boy. I was prescribed beta blockers, and a low dose anti-depressant which have been much more effective.
In fairness to Kalms my anxiety was way off the scale, and not the sort of thing they are designed for. If you're feeling really depressed and having all out anxiety attacks don't be like me, go to your doctor as a first port of call. They don't work for everyone but for general worry, stress and perhaps while you wait to see your doctor if you are going down that route I think these are well worth trying.
Going on holiday should be exciting, fun, and somewhat relaxing however i get terribly worked up for weeks before i go. I hate flying and the very thought of getting on the plane makes me sweat, feel instantly sick, cant sleeps for bad dreams etc. The simple solution is not to go anywhere by plane but my partner and kids love travelling so i never want to say no or let them down . This causes me weeks of stress and worry, what ifs and buts for no real reason, i always have an amazing holiday.
I was recommended Kalms by a good friend of mine who had been taking them for a while as she refused to take anti depressants so if they worked for her maybe fix my niggles and anxiety.
We had booked disneyland paris as a last minute deal for november last year so i didn't have too long to get worked up however two weeks before going the nightmares started again, sickness feeling , up tight and having anxiety attacks. I decided at this point to try kalms.
I bought a bottle of kalms from boots, i went for the smallest packet holding 100 pill and cost £3.99.
The packaging looks very comforting and peaceful, their are instructions in the box these are easy to read, follow and sucked me in ,had me believing in these pills before i had even tried them. Perhaps this is why the pills worked for me in a way because it was already in my head how wonderful these were.
Kalms pills are a herbal remedy to help fight off daily stress sounds good. You can take kalms up to three times a day with two pills each time. I took the pills with water two in the morning, lunchtime and last thing at night.
The pills contain , valerian , magnesium stearate, hops, gentian to name a few but these are the main ingredients, these can be bought as plant extracts at health shops and can be mixed in food if you don't fancy taking any pills this could be a natural option. Valerian , hops, gentian and magnesium stearate all have one thing in common they help with the nervous system. Once the nervous system is under control stress levels are way down helping you feel calm and relaxed.
People who suffer from depression, bipolar disorders, and dysthymic disorders have been recommended Kalm pills from specialists who believe a natural herbal remedy is more suited than any pills they can prescribe.
I personally did like the Kalm pills , I liked the fact they were small and easy to swallow. Kalms are not an instant cure and for me i had been taking them for around one week before i got any real effect from the pills. I still suffered all the symptoms i had whilst taking the pills in that first week, i actually wore myself out in the end with exhaustion and stress.
A few days before my flight i did feel slightly calmer, i did sleep better as well as actually feeling happy, excited about my holiday instead off dread.
I did get nervous and feel sick as i waited at the airport knowing i had to get on the plane these feelings were not as bad as i had previously, i guess the pills helped out but please don't think one pill and stress problems are gone.
Although i found the Kalms to work , i wont be giving them high praise, these are not a magical cure and took a long time to kick in even then it didn't make me feel at peace or relaxed completely just suppressed it a little.
Kalms can not be used on children nor can these be taken if you are pregnant.
As i liked the kalms and had no side effects from them, i think they are worth a try so i recommend.
3 dooyoo stars.
P.s disneyland paris was amazing cant wait to go back.
I don't normally have a lot of trouble with falling asleep but on occassion I do find myself just lying there with my mind working overtime and being unable to just shut off and relax enough to sleep.
Whilst discussing this problem with my mum she gave me a nearly full bottle of Kalms that she had bought for herself to see if they might help me. She had said that she hadn't really noticed any difference with taking them but I thought that they would be worth a try especially as they were free.
They came in a nice solid glass bottle and when bought new the bottle contains 200 tablets. I had a look online and saw that boots sell them for £7.70 which isn't bad when you consider how many you get in a bottle.
The tablets are a traditional remedy that is supposed to aide you in those times when you have worry, stress and irritability helping to relax and comfort you.
They also claim to help promoe natural sleep which was a bonus when I read about it as I didn't realise they also did this.
You just need to take 2 tablets 3 times a day preferably with food and let them get to work. The tablets are coated and really easy to swallow and I didn't find that they got stuck in the back of my throat unlike a lot of other tablets I have taken.
To be honest I wasn't expecting anything spectacular with these tablets so it was with some surprise when lying in bed that night I felt relaxed for the first time in ages. I'm not sure how well they promoed sleep because although I had no trouble falling asleep that night I did wake up quite a few times during the night.
I have been taking the tablet on and off for a little while now and still everytime I take them I do notice that I feel a lot more relaxed than before taking them. I do try and limit how often I take them because I do not want to ever rely on them as a crutch and instead save them for those times in life when I am feeling particularly stressed.
I have heard from a lot of people that they have had no effects from Kalms but I have also heard from a lot of people who swear by them so perhaps it has something to do with the individual person with how well they work so don't let any bad reviews put you off trying them as they may just be the help you are looking for.
A herbal remedy containing a blend of pure plant ingredients that aims to bring relief from worry and irritability by promoting the natural sleep needed to dispel tiredness and lethargy during the day