|Technical Name:||(Valeriana officinalis) Root of the valerian plant|
Insomnia (it's a safe sleeping aid); anxiety
Tincture, extract, tablets
Valerian root 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.
Valerian root 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.
Look for valerian products standardized to 1% valerenic acid.
|Dosage and Warning:||
Adult valerian root dosage: Use 1 teaspoon of the tincture in a quarter cup of water, or 1 or 2 tablets, at bedtime.
One dropperful at bedtime in a quarter cup of water
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