|Technical Name:||(Valeriana officinalis) Root of the valerian plant|
|Used for:||Insomnia (it's a safe sleeping aid); anxiety|
|Available In:||Tincture, extract, tablets|
|Herb Drug:||Valerian may interact with alcohol, some antihistamines, muscle relaxants, psychotropic drugs and narcotics. When taking any of these drugs, you should use valerian only under the supervision of a health-care provider. May increase sedative effects of anesthesia and should be discontinued at least a week prior to having surgery.|
|Interaction:||Valerian is relatively safe and no significant side effects are known, but try not to use it on a regular basis, or you may become psychologically dependent upon it. People with impaired kidney or liver functions should not take valerian except under a physician's supervision. It should not be used with kava. Use on a short-term basis only.|
|When Buying:||Look for valerian products standardized to 1% valerenic acid.|
|Dosage and Warning:||Adults: Use 1 teaspoon of the tincture in a quarter cup of water, or 1 or 2 tablets, at bedtime.|
|Child Dosage:||One dropperful at bedtime in a quarter cup of water|
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