5-HTP is used for sleep disorders, and mood challenged, anxiety, migraines and tension-type headaches, fibromyalgia, obesity (cravings), PMS, and ADD/ADHD.
5HTP works in the brain and central nervous system by increasing the production of the chemical serotonin. Serotonin can affect sleep, appetite, sexual behavior, and pain sensation.
Since 5HTP increases the synthesis of serotonin, it is used for several diseases where serotonin is believed to play an active role including insomnia, obesity, depression and many other disorders.
5-HTP is an amino acid protein building-block to L-tryptophan. It is produced from a plant known as Griffonia simplicifolia.