Valerian

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Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis) is one of the most commonly used herbal medicines for insomnia. Valerian is considered a very safe herb for both adults and children and may be a gentler alternative to pharmaceutical drugs for relief from sleeplessness and anxiety.

 

Valerian is often referred to as “nature’s Valium” due to its sedative effects. Having been used in traditional medicine for over 2,000 years to promote relaxation and sleep. Studies have found taking valerian for sleep can help improve the speed at which you fall asleep, depth of sleep, and overall quality of sleep.

 

Valerian has also been shown to help maintain serotonin levels in the brain, which has a mood stabilizing effect.

 

Studies have also demonstrated its usefulness for hyperactivity, generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, too high a dose can have the reverse effect. When taking valerian for anxiety or sleep, always start with a minimal dose, and use the lowest dose needed to achieve the desired effect. Typical dosages used in studies range between 400 mg and 900 mg, taken anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours before bed. Valerian supplements can be administered in the form of valerian tablets, valerian pills, valerian capsules and valerian extract.

 

Active compounds in valerian herb root include:

•Valerenic acid. The valerenic acid in valerian root has been shown to inhibit breakdown of GABA, resulting in greater calm and relaxation.

•Isovaleric acid, which helps prevent involuntary muscle contractions. Its action is similar to valproic acid, used to treat epilepsy

•Hesperidin, an antioxidant with sedative properties

•Linarin, an antioxidant with sedative properties

 

Drug interactions

Do not combine the following drugs with valerian

 

Alcohol

Alcohol can cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Valerian might also cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Taking large amounts of valerian along with alcohol might cause too much sleepiness.

 

Alprazolam (Xanax)

Valerian can decrease how quickly the liver breaks down alprazolam. Taking valerian with alprazolam might increase the effects and side effects of alprazolam such as drowsiness.

 

Sedative medications (Benzodiazepines) & (CNS depressants)

Taking valerian along with sedative medications might cause increased sleepiness

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  1. Blackmores Valerian Forte 60T
    Blackmores Valerian Forte 60T
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    Valerian Forte helps relieve disturbed sleep patterns without morning drowsiness.  View details
  2. Caruso's Total Sleep 60T
    Caruso's Total Sleep 60T
    AU $28.95
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    Caruso's Total Sleep 60T is an herbal supplement formulated to help improve the quality of sleep, increase the duration of sleep and help reduce the time in which it takes to fall asleep. View details
  3. Caruso's Total Sleep 30T
    Caruso's Total Sleep 30T
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    Caruso's Total Sleep 30T is an herbal supplement formulated to help improve the quality of sleep, increase the duration of sleep and help reduce the time in which it takes to fall asleep. View details
  4. Caruso's Valerian One A Day 60 Tablets
    Caruso's Valerian One A Day 60 Tablets
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      Caruso's Valerian One A Day 60 Tablets has been developed for those who need support for healthy sleep patterns. Valerian is a herb that may improve sleep duration and quality, reducing night waking and promoting a refreshing good night’s sleep.   View details
  5. Nature's Own Valerian Forte 2000mg 60C
    Nature's Own Valerian Forte 2000mg 60C
    AU $24.95
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    Valerian is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine as an antispasmodic. It helps relieve nervous unrest, nervous tension, mild anxiety and sleeplessness. View details
  6. Nature's Own Valerian Forte 2000mg 30C
    Nature's Own Valerian Forte 2000mg 30C
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    The active ingredient in this product may be beneficial to provide relief from sleeplessness and insomnia. Valerian is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine as an antispasmodic. View details
  7. Thompson's One-A-Day Valerian 2000 60C
    Thompson's One-A-Day Valerian 2000 60C
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      Promotes relaxation and a sound sleep  High potency formula  One-A-Day dose  Vegetarian/Vegan friendly   View details
  8. Blackmores Valerian Forte 30T
    Blackmores Valerian Forte 30T
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    Valerian Forte helps relieve disturbed sleep patterns without morning drowsiness.  View details
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