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Valerian Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
Botanical Name
Valeriana Officinalis, Valerianaceae Family
Homeopathic Name
Valeriana Officinalis   -   Mother Tincture

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Valerian Cures

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Action of Valerian

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Nutrients in Valerian

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Parts Used

Roots, Rhizomes

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Valerian

Valerian should not be mixed with Alcohol.
Avoid Valerian intake at least two weeks before a surgery.
Avoid use if you have Low Blood Pressure.
It should not be used for more than 15-20 days at a time.
It may enhance the effects of other anesthetics and slow down the Central Nervous system.
It may cause Dizziness, Headache, Excitability, Irritability and Insomnia.
Internal use of Valerian may cause Drowsiness.
Avoid use during Pregnancy and Breast Feeding.
Do not use it if you are taking following medications:
Medicine for Sleep Disordes
Anxity Medications
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Valerian is a flowering plant.
It is perennial.
It grows in a temperate climate.
It grows up to 2 M.
Best used for Insomnia.
The Homeopathic medicine , Valeriana Officinalis is best used to treat Changeable temperament from one extreme to other.
Note: Sudden discontinuance may cause Headache, Insomnia or rapid Heartbeat. Reduce the dosage slowly to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
In TCM :
Valerian Root : Jie Cao Gen
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Materia Medica for Valerian

Valerian General

Valerian is a powerful Nervine, Stimulant, Carminative and Antispasmodic. Valerian root is most effective medicinally. The root induces Brain abilities. It is effective in case of Insomnia and Neurological disorders. Consumption of Valerian is beneficial for mood swings and Hyperactivity. It is also recommended for Anxiety and ADHD.
It is sedative in nature. It relaxes the nerves and neurological pains. It relaxes the Central Nervous System. It treats Anxiety, Insomnia and Migraine Pains.
It is good for muscle and joint pain.
It lowers Blood pressure and improves Heart health.
It is effective in Menstrual cramps, Abdominal Cramps and Uterine Cramps. It is applied topically for cramps and muscle tension.
Single Herb

Valerian for Arrhythmia

Prepare an infusion of dried Valerian. Drink 3-4 cups a day for a week.

Valerian Root for Backache

Prepare a tea from dried Valerian Root. Drink 2 times a day.

Valerian for Endometriosis

Prepare a decoction of Valerian's root. Take two times a day.

Valerian for Bradycardia

Prepare a root tincture. Add 30 to 40 drops in 1/4th cup of water. Drink twice a day.

Valerian for Depression, Anxiety

Soak 2 tablespoons Valerian (Tagara ) root in One cup of water for 24 hours. Strain and take half to One cup before retiring.

Valerian for Insomnia

Take one cup once a day in the form of tea.
OR : Prepare tincture. Take one teaspoon twice a day.
OR : Take One tablespoon fresh Valerian (Tagara ) juice daily.

Valerian for Fatigue

Take One tablespoon Valerian (Tagara ) root and 2 cups of water.
Steep together for 10 minutes.
Take One cup cold before going to bed.

Valerian Root for Panic Attack

Take 2 g dried root powder of Valerian Root. Have it once a day.

Valerian for Palpitation

Prepare a decoction of the root part of Valerian. Have it two times a day.

Valerian for Angina

Prepare a root decoction of Valerian. Have two times a day.

Valerian for Sleep Apnea

Prepare an infusion of Valerian root. Have a cup two -three times a day.

Valerian for Bulimia

Prepare a root decoction of Valerian. Have a glass once a day.

Valerian for Epilepsy

Valerian possesses Anticonvulsant effects that is beneficial in treating Epilepsy.
Take two tablespoon of Valerian rhizome fresh juice for two weeks twice a day. If problem persists repeat the process after a gap of one week.
Caution: Do not consume it for prolong period.

Valerian for Aerophobia

Steep 2 tablespoon of dried Valerian's root in one cup of very hot water for 15 minutes. Strain it. Drink twice daily.

Valerian for Agoraphobia

Soak 2 tablespoon of Valerian root in one cup of water for 24 hours. Strain it and drink before going to bed.

Valerian for Claustrophobia

Soak 1 tablespoon of crushed Valerian root in one cup of water for 24 hours. Stain it and drink half cup of it before going to bed.

Valerian for Convulsions

Take 2 teaspoons of Valerian extract. Consume it, two hours before going to bed for one week.

Valerian for Hypochondria

Prepare a decoction, made of dried Valerian roots and one cup of hot water. Drink it twice daily.

Valerian for Jet Lag

Steep 1 teaspoon of dried Valerian roots in one cup of hot water for 20 minutes. Drink it, once a day.

Valerian for Personality Disorder

Put half teaspoon of powdered Valerian root in one cup of water. Boil it. Simmer for 10 minutes. Drink it twice a day.
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Herbal Treatment For Insomnia 1

Take Hops, Valerian, and Jamaica Dogwood in equal quantity. Make a decoction. Have it twice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Insomnia 2

Make a decoction of Valerian, Wild Lettuce and Wind Flower. Take it twice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Anxiety 1

Prepare a tea from Mugwort, Valerian, Chamomile, St. Johns Wort and Skullcap. Add 1/4 tsp of each herb. Add honey. Drink once a day.

Herbal Treatment For Lower Back Pain 3

Prepare a decoction of Valerian roots and Jamaican bark. Drink 2 times a day.

Herbal Treatment For Nerve Disorder 1

Take the following dried herbs in equal quantity :
Valerian : Root
Field Mint : Leaves
Chamomile : Flowers
Caraway : Seeds
Basil : Leaves
Put all in a jar. Grind. Add one teaspoon in one cup hot water. Keep for 20 to 25 minutes and drink twice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Cough 43

Take 2 tablespoons of powdered Black Cherry bark and Valerian.
Also take One tablespoon of each-Dried Ginger ( Adrak in India ), Cinnamon ( Dalchini in India ), Fennel seeds ( Saunf in India ) and Aniseed ( Choti Saunf in India ).
Put all these herbs in 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.
Now simmer till it is reduced to half.
Strain and add Honey ( Shehad in India ) for taste.
Take warm.

Herbal Treatment For Insomnia 13

Combine Lobelia ( Narasam ) and Valerian in equal quantities and make tea.
Drink Luke warm for a restful sleep.
It is also useful for easing stress.
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Agnisuddha Shaw ( India )
21 May 2018
Can Valerian be combined with passiflora for treating insomnia?
Conner ( United Kingdom )
19 Jun 2018
Hey, i am taking Olanzapine which is an antipsychotic, it just changes the dopamine & serotonin levels, is this bad to mix with Valerian?

i only take the Olanzapine before sleep and look to take Valerian before sleep...

the best i have seen wrote is it may make me drowsy & may slow the breaking down of the medication... so far this is not a really bad thing to me, especially if Valerian can get me to sleep

thanks again for your site
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