Valerian Root

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Valerian Root

Cognitive
Digestive Health
Heart Health
Immune Support
Joint Health
Longevity
Relaxation
Sleep Quality

Description

Summary

Valerian (Valeriana officialis) is a common garden plant, whose root is used as a mild sedative to calm anxiety, and reduce the feeling of stress. Many find Valerian to be useful in reducing their anxiety or helping them sleep. [2]

Benefits and Effects

Insomnia

Valerian calms down the mind and causes drowsiness, making it easier for people to fall asleep. Using valerian root for sleep problems that come from other sources, such as menopause, appears to be especially effective. [3, 4, 5, 6]

Some studies measuring the sleep patterns of people with insomnia did not find any change in measured sleep patterns, though the people felt that they were sleeping better. [7]  This study was small, however, and the emotional root of insomnia – which valerian may be helping with – is difficult to measure. [8, 9, 10]

Anxiety

Because of its calming effects, valerian root for anxiety is another common use for this herb.

Valerian root increases GABA levels in the brain, helping reign in feelings of fear and worry, and tones down the compulsive and ruminating behaviors that make up a large part of clinical anxiety. [29]

Pain Relief

Valerian appears to be particularly effective for menstruation-related pain, possibly because it helps the muscles of the cervix, the cause of the cramps, to relax. [11, 12]

Menopause

Valerian root extract may help reduce the intensity of the uncomfortable sensations known as “hot flashes,” as well as the sleep problems that sometimes come with menopause. [13, 14, 15]

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

Valerian root extract targets the same receptors in the brain as benzodiazepine, and has similar, milder effects. [16]

Brain Health

Valerian may reduce levels of cortisol – a hormone associated with stress – in the bloodstream, which limits the ability of neurons to heal and regenerate. [17]

How Valerian Root Works

Valerian root contains a high amount of valerinic acid, which affects a neurotransmitter called GABA. Valerian root’s effects stem, mainly, from this action on GABA. [1]

Valerian may also influence glutamate receptors, adenosine and serotonin receptors. [19] Though these other mechanisms are not fully understood, they may add to the sedative and calming effects of valerian. [20, 21, 22, 23, 24]

Dosage

Standard valerian root dosage is 450mg before bed, or 2-3 times daily doses of 300mg taken with meals. [25]

Side Effects

Valerian does not usually cause serious, life-threatening problems, even at high doses. [2]

Valerian root drug interactions

Valerian root interacts with alcohol, benzodiazepine, Xanax, sodium oxidate, and other sedatives as it affects GABA and because it affects the ability of the liver to break down medications. [26]

Valerian and the liver

Because valerian affects liver function, you should not take valerian if you have liver disease. [27]

Valerian and pregnancy

Although valerian root appears to be safe for use in children, expectant mothers should consider weaning themselves off of valerian root for the duration of the pregnancy while this is still unknown. [1]

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Sources

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  1. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Valerian-HealthProfessional/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23543804
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21399726
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19274698
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10761819
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11536390
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3936097
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20347389
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15551388
  10. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1087079207000421
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19900527
  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21959068
  13. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24199972
  14. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24250592
  15. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21775910
  16. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11999905
  17. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24055511
  18. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10411208
  19. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12175708
  20. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21584239
  21. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14751470
  22. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15921820
  23. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22923195
  24. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15665858
  25. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18095218
  26. https://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/sodium-oxybate-with-valerian-root-2091-0-2284-10628.html
  27. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/expert-answers/valerian/faq-20057875
  28. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14742369
  29. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22718671
Also known as:Amantilla, Baldrian, Baldrianwurzel, Belgium Valerian, Valeriana officinalis, Garden Valerian, Garden Heliotrope, All-Heal
Type:Nootropics
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Stacks well with: St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Typical dose:450mg before bed, or 2-3 times daily doses of 300mg taken with meals
Half Life :Coming soon...
Valerian Root

Valerian Root

Cognitive
Digestive Health
Heart Health
Immune Support
Joint Health
Longevity
Relaxation
Sleep Quality