What is Valerian?

Valerian is an herb often used in cooking or as a medicine, the root of which is used to make medicines. The drug extracted from the plant is often used as a sedative or antispasmodic.

Functions of Valerian

Valerian can increase sleepiness and is therefore useful in the treatment of sleep problems or related disorders. However it is a slow acting medicine takes up to a month before it is considered effective. Extracts of Valerian are found in low doses in sleeping pills as a result.

Valerian is one of the most common medicine prescribed for Insomnia.

Valerian is useful in the treatment of mood disorders or some mental problems. It can also improve a person’s ability to concentrate.

It  is sometimes useful in the treatment of depression too.

Valerian is useful in treating tremors and seizures to a certain extent.

Epileptic patients often use Valerian in their treatment.

Valerian is also effective in the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder although it is used widely to improve concentration levels under other categories too.

Valerian is useful in the treatment of muscle pain, other joint pain, headache, stomach ache, menstrual pains, menopausal problems, hot flashes etc.

It is often used in the treatment of hot flashes in older women too.

It acts as a sedative to the brain and nervous system and is useful before or during surgeries.

Sources of Valerian

Valerian is a plant that bears pink or white flowers. The roots of this plant are used to make medicines across the world. As a herb it serves various health benefits and advantages. It is medicinally used to treat several disorders too.

Valerian is a herb and important health supplement that aids normal functioning of the body’s organs and cells. Most people or patients being treated for diseases are advised to use certain amounts of Valerian to improve their health conditions.

Recommended dietary allowance of Valerian

Valerian is by and large an herb used in cooking. However if used as a medicine, recommended doses vary and largely depend on a patient’s health condition and illness. If you are being treated for Insomnia and related diseases 400 to 800 mg is advisable.

Tips and Warnings

  • Although Valerian is considered to be safe, constant use may lead to certain side effects in people.
  • Valerian can cause headaches or increase excitability in patients being treated for mental problems.
  • It can create uneasiness in sensitive people.
  • Some people feel sluggish after taking Valerian in the morning; it is therefore advisable to consume the medicine only at night or after meals.
  • It is not advisable to discontinue the medication suddenly, if required patients should reduce the dosage slowly before completely stopping the medication.
  • If you are pregnant or breast feeding then it is advisable to avoid taking Valerian completely. Otherwise it may cause unnecessary harm to the fetus or new born baby.
  • Valerian if consumed with alcohol may prove to be fatal.
  • People suffering from liver problems should avoid Valerian.