Valerian root (valeriana officinalis) has been used for many thousands of years by ancient civilizations for the treatment of various ailments ranging from:
It is more commonly used as an aid for insomnia in the modern world.
Valerian is a hardly perennial plant which has sweet smelling pink or white flowers. It is a native plant in Europe, South Africa and parts of Asia.
Although there has not been many scientific trials carried out, research does suggest that the root have mild sedative and tranquilizing properties. It is believed that it has an effect on the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain, possibly due to the fact that it contains high levels of GABA. This stimulates the release of GABA in the synaptosomes in the brain and possibly also inhibiting its reuptake.
Valerian is safe to take and is not addictive; however it is always advisable to speak to your doctor if you are taking other medications.
Also it is advised that pregnant and nursing mothers should not take valerian and as it may cause drowsiness those operate heavy machinery or driving should also avoid it.
Side effects are rare but in some cases may cause headache, stomach upset or dizziness.
Valerian can be used for the relief of:
The oils in valerian are very strong smelling, some say like goats cheese and this is why it many people prefer to take it capsule or tablet form.
When taking it to help promote sleep it should be taken at least 30 minutes to two hours before bedtime to give it time to begin to work.
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