Valerian Root

VALERIAN ROOT - Have 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, and as a balancing agent for hyper-excitability and exhaustion, calming one and stimulating the other.

The sedative effects valerian roots are attributed to the valepotriates, a group of unstable esters whose degradation products also possess sedative activity. Researchers have also established that the valepotriates and the other components of valerian possess relaxing and spasmolytic effects on smooth muscle.

Traditional and Therapeutic Uses:-

  • Insomnia, especially due to nervous exhaustion
  • Motoric restlessness or vegetative dysfunction
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety, nervous tension
  • As an antispasmodic
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Epilepsy


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