Valerian root is also known as all-heal, setwall, setewale capon’s tail, great wild valerian and amantilla. The root is the commonly used part of the plant. Valerian is in the Valerianacea family. There is roughly 300 species worldwide along with 13 genera.
Description: The valerian roots are short conical roots, with an erect rhizome. This rhizome is where the flowering stem will come from. The stem is hollow and round and will reach to 4 feet in height. The flowers are bell shaped in and form a cluster at the end.
Medicinal Uses: Valerian is used as an antispasmodic, stimulant, carminative and as a nervine. Valerian is used also as a sleep aid and to help with pain. Its calming effect was popularly used during World War II to help alleviate nervous tendencies.
Poison Factors: The signs of overdose include trouble walking, chest pain, tremors of extremities, hypothermia, liver damage and increased muscle relaxation. If any of these symptoms take place, contact your medical care provider.
Chemical Components: Valerian contains many chemicals such as valeportriates, valeric acid, valerianic acid and isovaleric acid.
Important Information: Due to valerian slowing down the central nervous system it’s important to notify your health care provider that you are taking valerian prior to any procedures.
Interactions: It’s important not to mix valerian with other stimulants or sleep aids. Alcohol should be avoided due to the increase in drowsiness or sleepiness.
This page is to be used for information only. Please contact a health professional or a certified herbalist before trying any homeopathic herbs or remedies. This information is not meant to replace or disregard your medical professionals advice.
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