Valerian Root

Scientific Name: Valeriana officinalis

Valerian Root Information

Valerian, native to the Americas, Asia, and Europe has been used to ease insomnia, stress-related anxiety, and nervous restlessness for thousands of years. Now, modern day research, mainly over the last decade, has begun to confirm the scientific validity of these historic uses. It may also ease menstrual and stomach cramps, irritable bowel syndrome, some of the restlessness that accompanies attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and migraine symptoms. There have also been rare reports for use to treat convulsions from a seizure disorder. Its most well-researched use, however, is as a calmant to help people sleep.

Valerian Root Benefits

  • Popular treatment alternative to benzodiazepines (such as diazepam and alprazolam) and other commonly prescribed medications for sleep problems because it is considered to be both safe and gentle.
  • Demonstrated mild sedative and tranquilizing activity, as well as the ability to relieve anxiety
  • Reduces the time it takes to fall asleep and improves the quality of sleep itself
  • Some experts use valerian for sleep disturbances related to feelings of depression

Valerian Root Nutrient Content

The manufacture of medicinal valerian products begins with pressed fresh root or powdered freeze-dried root (frozen below 400C). Valerian pressed-root juice added to alcohol or glycerite (sweet, nonalcohol liquid) bases become fluid extracts or tinctures; powdered root goes into capsules and tablets.

Valerian Root Notes

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) gives valerian a class 1 safety rating, which indicates that it is a safe herb with a wide dosage range. There is some evidence that in cases where valerian has been used over a long period of time, serious withdrawal symptoms may occur when it is stopped abruptly.

Valerian Root Products

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  Nature's Answer : Valerian Root 
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  Nature's Answer : Valerian Root 
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  Nature's Herbs : Valerian Root Plus 
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  Natures Way : Valerian Nighttime 
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  Natures Way : Valerian Nighttime 
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  Natures Way : Valerian Root 
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  Natures Way : Valerian Root 
 180 caps  $11.99   $6.95   More info 
  Natures Way : Valerian Standardized Extract 
 90 caps, 510 mg  $10.49   $5.95   More info 
  Nature's Answer : Valerian Root (alcohol-free) 
 1 oz  $9.99   $5.95   More info 
  Nature's Answer : Valerian Root (alcohol-free) 
 2 oz  $19.99   $11.95   More info 

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