Pain, Insomnia, Anxiety, Cramps
Valerian has a long history of use as a sedative and sleep aid. Valerian is arguably the strongest western herbal central nervous system sedative. Valerian will quiet a
busy mind. It can promote sleep for those who cannot fall asleep and helps those who wake up in the middle of the night. Repeat the doses as needed within a night to facilitate sleep. The liquid is significantly faster in action compared to a pill that must be digested before it can be absorbed, so liquids are preferred for the fastest action. It will help calm one down when going through difficult emotional and mental times or when in therapy and in turmoil. The downside of Valerian is that if taken during the day, it can make one feel tired, sedate, or a little out of it. This can be controlled by altering the dosage.
Valerian is the strongest western herbal painkiller. It will reduce pain in the musculoskeletal system (i.e. muscle and joint pain from an injury, accidents, workouts, surgeries). Valerian may be enough to control pain after relatively mild surgeries or dental procedures. It is also a smooth muscle relaxer for pain from menstrual cramps, digestive cramps, gall bladder, and kidney stones. Valerian will not remove all pain like a pharmaceutical pain killer but will instead, reduce the percent of pain recognition by 10-50%. Some sensations of discomfort will remind the person that the body has limits because it is still healing a problem, but the level of pain reduction will allow one to relax enough and heal more effectively. The pharmaceutical removing all pain may give a false notion that one can overexert themselves and re-injure their original problem. Valerian Root will help calm hyperactivity in adults and children. If one becomes too fatigued by its use, cut back on the dose. One can increase the dose appropriate to the stressful situation at hand. Valerian has been used to decrease the symptoms from withdrawal from barbiturates It has helped the emotional agitation from quitting and benzodiazepine drugs. cigarette smoking.