Valerian Root The Relaxing Herb
Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis) has been called the herbal valium. It normalizes the nervous system, acts as a sedative in cases of agitation and as a stimulant in cases of extreme fatigue. Other benefits of valerian on a smaller scale are lowering blood pressure, enhancing the flow of bile, and relaxing the intestinal muscles. It is mainly known however as a sedative.
It was used among pre revolution french nobility & is still used today to help with sleeplessness and anxiety. Studies have shown that valerian has been effective with patients who suffer from insomnia. Valerian is also a muscle relaxant.
While it’s effective remedy for the reduction of anxiety, it has also caused agitation, headaches and night terrors in some individuals though these cases are few. Taking large doses of more than 500mg or chronic can lead to stomach ache, apathy, and a feeling of mental dullness or mild depression. Because of the herb's tranquilizer properties, it may cause dizziness or drowsiness, you should be aware of its effects before driving or operating heavy or hazardous equipment. Overall, Valerian generally comes with very mild side effects and is considered a safe dietary supplement.
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