Sedative


Human Body Section
Stedman's Pocket Medical Dictionary Dictionary of Biomedical Sciences Dictionary of Dentistry

The word sedative is used to refer to therapeutic agents - including natural substances such as herbs, oils, or essences, or conventional pharmaceutical drugs, that have a calming effect on the body and mind. They may be described as relieving tension and/or anxiety.

In the cases of pharmaceutical drugs, sedatives are sometimes hypnotic drugs, i.e. that act to induce sleep by reducing the activity of the brain, used in lower doses than would be used to induce sleep.



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