Valerian is an herb. It is native to Europe and parts of Asia but also grows in North America. Medicine is made from the root.
Valerian is most commonly used for sleep disorders, especially the inability to sleep (insomnia). Valerian is also used orally for anxiety and psychological stress.
Valerian seems to act like a sedative on the brain and nervous system.
Valerian root has been used to treat a variety of health conditions, including insomnia, anxiety, headaches, digestive problems, menopause symptoms, and post-exercise muscle pain and fatigue. The evidence supporting these claims is generally mixed.
Valerian root is an herb that has been used since ancient times to promote tranquility and improve sleep.
Flowers from the valerian plant were used to make perfume centuries ago, and the root portion has been used in traditional medicine for at least 2,000 years.
Unlike its delicately scented flowers, valerian root has a very strong, earthy odor due to the volatile oils and other compounds responsible for its sedative effects.
Valerian is an herb native to Asia and Europe. Its root has been used to promote relaxation and sleep since ancient times.
Valerian root contains a number of compounds that may promote sleep and reduce anxiety. These include valerenic acid, isovaleric acid and a variety of antioxidants.
Valerian has received attention for its interaction with gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical messenger that helps regulate nerve impulses in your brain and nervous system.
Valerenic acid has been found to inhibit the breakdown of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, resulting in feelings of calmness and tranquility. This is the same way anti-anxiety medications like Valium and Xanax work.
Valerian root also contains the antioxidants hesperidin and linarin, which appear to have sedative and sleep-enhancing properties.
Valerian contains a number of compounds that may help promote calmness by reducing gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) breakdown, improving stress response and maintaining adequate levels of mood-stabilizing brain chemicals.
Research suggests that valerian root may help ease anxious feelings that occur in response to stressful situations.
A study in healthy adults given challenging mental tests found that a combination of valerian and lemon balm reduced anxiety ratings.
Valerian root may help reduce anxiety related to acute stress and improve symptoms of OCD. It may also increase focus and reduce hyperactive behavior in children.
Several studies suggest that valerian root may improve the ability to fall asleep, stay asleep and achieve high-quality sleep in adults and children with insomnia.
Valerian root extract is available as a supplement in tablet, capsule or liquid form.
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