Valerian Root contains essential oils, valepotriates which are special valerian compounds and alkaloids.
Since ancient Greek times, valerian root has been valued as an antispasmodic and sleep aid. The first known records reported its use in the treatment of epilepsy. Today, valerian is widely used throughout Europe as a mild sedative and sleep aid for insomnia, as a balancing agent for hyperexcitability and exhaustion, calming the one and stimulating the other.
The sedative effects of valerian root are attributed to the valepo triates, a group of unstable esters. Other components, particularly those of the pungent essential oil, the valerenic and isovaleric acids have sedative effects and central nervous system depressant activity. Researchers have also established that the valepotriates and the other components of valerian possess relaxing and spasmolytic effects on smooth muscle.
Valerian is most effective when all its constituents are present. The different activities of valerian appear to be due to a complex mixture of substances. Numerous clinical trials have been performed with valerian root and have found both subjective and objective improvements in emotional tension disturbances, sleep quality, and behavioral disorders without producing a hangover type effect the next morning.
Valerian is used for insomnia, especially due to nervous exhaustion, motoric restlessness or vegetative dysfunction, head aches, anxiety, nervous tension, palpitations, high blood pressure, as an antispasmodic, nervous dyspepsia, stomach cramps, spastic or irritable bowel, menstrual cramps, epilepsy, childhood behavior disorders and learning disabilities.
Adults: Take 2 capsules 1-3 times daily with meals or as directed by your health professional. Traditionally used as a sleep aid and to relieve nervousness.
Consumption with alcohol, other drugs or natural health products with sedative properties is not recommended. Exercise caution if operating heavy machinery or driving a motor vehicle within 2 hours of consumption. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult a health care practitioner if sleeplessness persists continously for more than 3 weeks or if symptoms persist or worsen.
|Valeriana officinalis (Valerian)