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Valerian root extract

Valerian is used to promote sleep. It especially benefits those suffering from nervous over-strain, because it does not possess any of the after-effects produced by narcotics. You can wake in the morning refreshed and without the hang over that pharmaceutical agents leave you with.

A Remedy For

  • Eases Insomnia without morning fogginess
  • Reduces Restlessness
  • Relieves Anxiety
  • Acts as a muscle relaxant, without drowsiness
  • Eases the smooth muscle in the bladder associated with Interstitial Cystitis
  • Greatly enhances the sleep restfulness

What it is; why it works

For centuries, the tall perennial herb with pinkish flowers known as Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) has been enlisted to help restless insomniacs get a sound night's sleep. Today this mild, nonaddictive sedative is quite popular both as a sleep aid and as an anxiety fighter, particularly in Germany, France, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. And in recent years its popularity has grown enormously in the United States as well.

Although there has long been controversy over what makes Valerian so effective as a relaxant, it is increasingly accepted that this herb does, in fact, work as the ancients once claimed it did. In addition to promoting sound sleep, Valerian has a reputation for easing anxiety and relaxing tense muscles. It may also have a role to play in relieving digestive conditions, such as diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome.

Specifically, Valerian may help to:

Improve sleep

In the brain, Valerian is thought to bind to receptors for a nerve chemical called GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). By blocking some nerve impulses from reaching the brain, the herb seems to shorten the amount of time it takes to fall asleep as well as improve the quality of sleep that results. And, unlike some of the more commonly prescribed sleep medications, Valerian is not addictive. Nor does it cause morning grogginess (when taken at recommended doses), as some prescription drugs do.

Numerous studies of insomniacs have shown that those who take Valerian fall asleep faster. The quality of sleep improves as well, according to several recent studies. In one placebo-controlled trial of 2127 people with insomnia, Swedish researchers found that 89% of those who were given a Valerian preparation reported improved sleep, with 44% rating their sleep as "perfect."

Even more impressive results emerged from a well-designed 1996 trial involving 8121 insomnia sufferers. Among the benefits of Valerian root extract taken one hour before bedtime (2 tablets of 250 mg each): significantly improved sleep quality, dream recall, and sense of psychological well-being.

Reduce nervous tension, anxiety, and restlessness

German health authorities endorse the use of Valerian for restlessness and sleeping disorders that are caused specifically by nervous conditions. In fact, anyone who suffers from stress, panic attacks, or other nervous conditions may want to give Valerian a try.

Valerian is thought to lessen anxiety because in blocking brain receptors for the neurotransmitter GABA, it also inhibits nerve impulses and stress-related messages from reaching the brain.


  • 1 to 2 capsules daily, 1/2-1 hour before bed.


  • Generally, Valerian causes no side effects when taken at recommended doses. Some people do experience drowsiness or a certain lack of alertness if they take the herb during the day.


  • Valerian (Valerian officinalis) root extract (standardized to contain 0.8% valerenic acids) 250 mg.
  • Vitamin C (as ascorbyl palmitate) 5 mg.
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