benefits of valerian root (Valeriana officinalis) supplement for
treating insomnia have been shown in extensive studies.
For insomnia, this supplement is ideal. It has only mild side effects
and is natural. It is not reported to be
habit-forming like prescription benzodiazepines (like Valium).
that melatonin is also
an excellent choice as well and it is also shown to be helpful in
research studies show that it is beneficial in speeding up the time to
falling asleep. It also enhances the quality and quantity of sleep in
See Valerian for Sleeping Difficulties for a discussion of research studies on this.
is an example of a product that contains this herb, melatonin and several
other ingredients to help treat insomnia.
||Anxiety / Stress
are some research studies that show that this herb is effective in reducing stress and anxiety.
One group of chemicals isolated from this herb are valepotriates,
similar to what is found in catnip. Catnip
is known to have relaxing and calming properties.
||Restlessness and Insomnia in
study showed that combining this herb with lemon balm is effective in treating
restless and dyssomnia (disturbance in the normal rhythm or pattern of
sleep) in children.
One study shows that it might lower high blood pressure. More studies
will be required before we can recommend it for this use.
Benefits and Traditional Uses
Topically (on the skin) - It has been
used in bath oils to help with:
- attention deficit disorder (ADHD)
- chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
- hot flashes
- joint pain
- menstrual cramps
- mild tremors
- mood disorders
- pain relief
Effects, Toxicity and Warnings
has been reported to cause mild side effects such as headache, heart disturbances,
stomach upset, dry mouth and vivid dreams.
It does not seem to cause morning drowsiness (unlike some prescription sleep pills).
However, it is wise to find out how it affects you before driving or
engaging in activities requiring alertness.
There are limited data
on overdose risks. In one research study, an individual took twenty
times the usual dosage and it caused stomach cramping, tremors, fatigue
and chest tightness.
- In USA, it has the status of Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).
Clinical studies have been completed that lasted up to a month with no
major reports of toxicity or safety issues.
Its use in
children is probably safe when used for a short period of time. Studies
have been done in children for up to 8 weeks.
Pregnancy and Lactation - Safety of
using it in
pregnancy and breast-feeding women is currently
Drug & Health Condition Interactions
can be expected to interact with other herbs (such as St. John’s Wort
, kava and L-tryptophan) that have sedating properties as well.
Alcohol - Caution advised
combining it with alcohol would enhance the sedating effects. Avoid
this combination if possible.
Benzodiazepines - Avoid taking
when on Valeriana officinalis
prescription benzodiazepines (such as Xanax - alprazolam,
Serax - oxazepam) and other sleeping pills (such as Ambien -
Imovane - zopiclone) would enhance the sedating effects. Avoid this
& How to Take It
research studies, the best dose is 400 to 900 mg of the valerian root
extract taken 2 hours before going to sleep. This seems to be the most
beneficial range. As well, it can be given 30 minutes to 2 hours before
Some people may need to take it for several nights up to a
month to see a significant benefit.
As a tincture, (Alcohol extract 70% 1:5), use 1 to 5 mL up three times daily. As a liquid extract, use 0.3 to 1 mL up to three times daily.
Dosage as high as 1,800 mg daily have been used in capsule formulation.
standardized form is the preferred formulation as there is a large variation
in the dried valerian root. Standardization is done as a percentage of
the active ingredient valeric acid or valerenic acid.
What an effective natural remedy for insomnia?
Melatrol is an effective combination natural remedy specifically formulated to help treat insomnia. It contains several herbs and supplements in a special blend that are shown to help a person fall alseep and to stay alseep at night.
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