We take a closer look at this supplement to see if it truly does what it claims to.
Like other MediNatura products, BHI Calming is a homoeopathic remedy for treating the syndromes and conditions that constitute a disease ‘with remedies that have produced similar syndromes and conditions in healthy subjects’, almost along the lines of any standard vaccination.
To be honest, we’re not sure. Nowhere on the website was there anything to give us a clue about any side effects. So what we did was look at the side effects of each of the main ingredients separately, and we’ve listed them below.
Prices can vary. We checked 100-tablet bottle prices on Amazon and they went from just over $8.00 to over $43.00. The price variation was a lot better on eBay, where you could buy 100 tablets for anywhere from $12.95 to $18.87.
One problem with this product is the lack of information regarding the studies that have been conducted on how well BHI Calming works. That is, of course, if there actually have been any studies in the first place.
Another problem is that many experts say one of the main ingredients – Valeriana Officinalis – makes the liver work much harder than it should and it can bring on side effects like nausea and blurred vision. But we can’t find any reference to that or any other side effect anywhere on the MediNatura website.
So although we like the idea of something to both calm us down during the daytime and help us sleep at night, we’re going to reject BHI Calming – mainly because we don’t really know enough about it to feel comfortable using it.
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Because BHI Calming is for use both during the day and at night, there’s a combination of homoeopathic remedies in each tablet. Some are intended to calm nervous tension during the day, while others are for calming down an overactive mind at night.
This combination is delivered in tablets which you take differently from non-homoeopathic, regular remedies. Normally you’d swallow a tablet and help it down with a glass of water, but you need to dissolve these tablets on your tongue rather than swallowing them straight away.
You need to take one tablet every 30–60 minutes until the symptoms lessen, and then go on to taking 3 tablets a day, one every 4–6 hours.
You shouldn’t swallow the tablets, but instead let them dissolve completely in your mouth instead.
BHI Calming claims to offer temporary relief of minor occasional simple nervous tension and irritability, and to help occasional sleeplessness in adults and children 12 years and older.
Apparently it does work in a lot of cases – but then again, we’ve seen many more reviews about how well it helps people sleep than how well it helps them cope with daytime nervous tension.
Each 300 mg tablet contains 30 mg of each of the ingredients listed below. But that’s not to say you’re getting the same amount of each ingredient because the ‘x’ after its name refers to how diluted it is.
For example, 2x would be a 1% solution. 5x would be a 0.001% solution, 10x would be a 0.00000001% solution … you get the idea. Besides, there isn’t enough room here to show all the zeroes relating to a 30x solution like that of Nux Vomica.
The product is free from gluten.
We couldn’t find any kind of information about side effects on the MediNatura website, but we checked out potential side effects of each of the main ingredients for you, and here they are:
Chamomilla – Apparently if you drink too much Camomile tea (famous for its calming effects) surprisingly enough you can experience more of that anger and aggression you’re trying to calm down.
Coffea Cruda – Even though it’s made from coffee beans just like it sounds, it’s good for insomnia and calming down a racing mind.
Humulus Lupulus (or, in simple terms, hops) – These can cause drowsiness and unless you’re just consuming them in beer, they can give you an upset stomach and a raging headache.
Ignatia Amara – Apparently its side effects can include muscle spasms, physical agitation and breathing difficulties.
Moschus (again in simple terms, just musk) – So far there’s not enough information to know whether it’s safe to use as a medicine, in any kind of quantity.
Nux Vomica – Each tablet contains a tiny amount of Nux Vomica, which is just as well because higher amounts can cause side effects such as restlessness, anxiety, dizziness, stiffness of the neck and back, jaw and neck spasms, convulsions, seizures, breathing problems, liver failure … and can even be fatal.
Passiflora Incarnata – Side effects can include confusion or altered consciousness, dizziness, coordination problems, inflammation of the blood vessels, nausea and vomiting, drowsiness and even a more rapid heartbeat.
Sulphur – Can bring on gastric problems including appetite change, nausea and vomiting and changes to bowel movements.
Valeriana Officinalis – You’re advised to get emergency help if you get an allergic reaction which could result in swelling of your lips, tongue, throat or face. You could find yourself having difficulty breathing or even develop hives.
Veratrum Album – Although it’s great for settling gastric problems (brought on by other ingredients, maybe?) it comes from a plant that’s toxic enough to have been traditionally used to poison arrows. Need we say more?
Of course, since all these ingredients are mixed together in BHI Calming who’s to say how well people will react to any kind of combination?
We’re told BHI Calming is not for children under 12 – for them, you should consult your health professional beforehand, and you should too if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.
If you know you’ve got a sensitivity to any of the ingredients, you shouldn’t take BHI Calming, and if you experience an allergic reaction you should contact a health professional right away.
You should also consult a health professional if your nervous tension or sleeplessness continues for more than two weeks, because insomnia could be a symptom of serious underlying medical illness.
There are, but not on the MediNatura website. Amazon, however, does have some positive reviews, and some quite surprising ones, such as:
Bought this for the dog on vet suggestions. Does not seem to affect the Maltese, however.
And as for how BHI Calming worked for people, there were:
I can’t really tell if they work, sometimes I take two when I’m out of my blood pressure medicine.
I got this because I stress at work easy and wanted a quick fix. All this did was left a weird taste in my mouth. It even says to let the tablets dissolve on your tongue and don’t swallow. Stick with Altoids mints because they’re cheaper and that’s all this is.
You can’t buy any BHI products from the MediNatura website, so refunds and guarantees are down to the individual sellers – whether in a brick-and-mortar store or elsewhere online, like Amazon and eBay.
There’s a store locator on the MediNatura website BHI page, but if you live north of the border don’t bother – you can buy certain MediNatura products in Canada, but not the BHI range.
However, there’s always Amazon where the price for 100 tablets ranges from $8.06 to $43.72, which worries us. And, of course, there’s always eBay, where the price for those same hundred tablets ranges from $12.95 to $18.87 (shipping not included).
If you’re looking for a more predictable price range, iherb.com sells the same 100 tablet bottle for $9.34.