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Information on Valerian including the benefits and uses of using Valerian. Your Health are located in Australia are a group of alternative / holistic doctors and use Valerian as part of a holistic approach to health.
Botanical name

Valeriana officinalis

Conditions commonly used for
  • Insomnia, restless legs, night cramps
  • Stress-related anxiety, nervousness, irritability, headache, migraine, hysteria,
  • Stomach or intestinal cramps, pelvic or menstrual cramps
Common dosage range

To relieve insomnia, patients must take a dosage at least 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime. For other conditions, valerian may be taken throughout the day.

Generally recommended dosage is the equivalent to 1tsp of dried root, boiled in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes, taken up to 3 times/day, or before bed. For standardized extracts in capsules or tablets follow the practitioners or manufacturers instructions.

Cautions, Contraindications and Side Effects

  • Valerian is a safe, mild herbal medicine with mild gastrointestinal upset a rare report. Although rare, some individuals develop a "paradoxical reaction" of nervousness and excitability when taking valerian.
  • While no clinically significant interactions between this herb and conventional medications are known to have been reported in the literature to date, valerian does possess sedative properties. Therefore, it should be used with caution, if at all, in patients taking benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or other medications with sedative potential. Please discuss with your healthcare practitioner.
Links & Other Information

It is not within the scope of the YourHealth website to provide comprehensive information on documented or potential herb-drug interactions. Please seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner.

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this herb, any conditions or therapies mentioned.

A Medical Practitioner specialising in Integrative Medicine, a qualified Nutritionist or Naturopath will be well trained in the use of nutrients, including their proper dosage, contraindications and potential drug interactions.

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