Is Valerian A Legit Alternative For Anxiety Relief?

valerian3Valerian is very popular for use in herbal medicine. It has been used for thousands of years throughout the world.

Valerian is a traditional herbal remedy and is registered with MHRA which is a medicine regulator. Registration does not mean the product has been proven to actually work. It does mean the MHRA is satisfied the quality of the product is good has appropriate product information labeling and has been used in traditional remedies for more than 30 years.

Valerian is used to help relieve some anxiety and to relieve insomnia.

A small study in 2014 found that valerian may help lessen the anxiety while undergoing a dental procedure.

Another study done in 2011 found valerian may be helpful for those suffering obsessive-compulsive disorder (a form of anxiety).

Some other studies indicate valerian does not help relieve anxiety while other studies indicate it does help[ relieve anxiety. More research is needed for this topic.

Valerian may also help maintain certain physiological markers for anxiety such as heart rate and blood pressure.

Several studies indicate that valerian does help with insomnia. People seem to fall asleep faster and get better quality sleep. Anxiety or stress may be a cause of sleep disturbances.

red-valerian4-low-resValerian may also help bring relief for anxiety associated with stress. Valerian may help with some digestive problems like flatulence and bloating.

There are no natural food sources for valerian. It is sometimes used as flavoring in drinks and foods by some manufacturers..

If you decide to take valerian follow the instructions on the package of the herbal supplement. There is no standard dose for valerian. For insomnia a typical dose is between 450 and 600mg taken two hours before bedtime.

Usually valerian does not have any side effects. It may make you drowsy so do not drive or use machinery right after taking valerian. It may cause headache, tiredness, upset stomach or dizziness. Valerian may interact with alcohol so avoid alcohol when taking the supplement.

Valerian seems to be safe when taken for up to six weeks. It should not be taken by children, by pregnant women or by women who are breast feeding.

If you are taking other medications do not start valerian unless you consult your health care professional.

If you are being treated for an anxiety disorder do not stop your prescription medicine and substitute valerian. Again, you need to discuss this with your health care professional. There have been cases where the physician used valerian to wean a patient from a prescription medication for anxiety.

You should never start taking an herbal supplement unless you consult your health professional.