Valerian is a medicinal herb belonging to the valerianaceae family. 
Valerian is used for anxiety and sleep disorders, especially the inability to get sedated (insomnia).

It is often combined with hops, melissa, hawthorn or other herbs to increase the relaxing effect. 
Valerian Remilev is a product in which the concentration of the active principle in a tablet is higher, so it is more powerful.

 

When do we recommend valerian?

Several studies suggest that valerian helps to cure insomnia, ensures a better quality of sleep and less time needed to fall asleep. 
Some studies have shown that anxiety may improve , but more in-depth studies are needed.

 


Can valerian be taken naturally from food?

There is no natural food source of valerian root. Some manufacturers use valerian as a condiment in food and beverages.

 

How to use the valerian root:

Valerian root is available in the form of tablets, drops, capsules or liquid extracts. 
Usually the recommended doses depending on the case are as follows.

For the treatment of insomnia different treatments are possible: 
– 400-900 mg of valerian extract up to 1 hour before bedtime for a period of 28 days, 
-120 mg of valerian extract associated with 80 mg of Melissa 3 times a day for 30 days, 
-180 mg hop extract associated with 40 mg valerian extract, 2 tablets before bedtime for 28 days. 
Take valerian for 30 minutes to 1 hour before bedtime.

Valerian salad uses a different herb, so we should not confuse these two substances with different properties.

 

How it works?

Valerian appears to act as a sedative in the brain and nervous system. 
As far as insomnia is concerned, before taking the medication it is always better to try to find out the cause. 
Cognitive-behavioral treatment may be more effective and safer than medication.

 

What are the effects of valerian?

The most important indication is for insomnia because it is a tranquilizer. 
Normally valerian is used by those seeking to reduce or stop sedative medications. 
Valerian supplements are used for pathologies related to anxiety and psychological distress including:

Some people use valerian for mild tremors, depression , epilepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ,  chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

This plant is also used for joint and muscle pain . 
Some women use for menstrual pain and symptoms associated with menopausesuch as hot flashes and anxiety.

Some people say that this herb has no positive effects, but only helps to sleep early.

There is insufficient evidence, but valerian can do well for:

  • Anxiety . There is conflicting evidence about Valerian’s efficacy for anxiety. Some people have reported that it appears to reduce stress in social situations, but other studies have shown no effect.
  • Depression.
  • Convulsions.
  • Hyperactivity
  • Attention deficit (ADHD).
  • Muscle and joint pain.
  • Other diseases.

 

Other benefits offered by Valerian

Valerian stimulates sexual activity: people who suffer from low sexual desire can take valerian capsules to relieve stress and improve sexuality. 
Low libido is often triggered by stress, it is a psychological inhibition. Helps to stop smoking . 
Valerian tea made with this plant causes a poor taste in tobacco , so it relieves smoking, but helps to eliminate the anxiety caused by lack of tobacco.

 

Side effects

Although valerian is a safe remedy can occur headache, dizziness , insomnia and gastrointestinal problems. 
It is best to avoid taking in case of liver disease. 
The onset of effects may be limited by taking the drug in recommended doses and for short periods.

Valerian can cause some side effects like headache, excitability, discomfort and even insomnia in some people. 
Some patients are lazy in the morning after taking valerian, especially if they take high doses. 
We advise against driving or operating dangerous machines after taking valerian.

Special warnings and precautions: 
Pregnancy and lactation: There is insufficient safety information for Valerian during pregnancy or during breastfeeding. 
-Children, valerian should not be given to children under 12 years. 
– Surgery: valerian slows down the central nervous system. 
Anesthesia and other medications used during surgery may be harmful when combined with valerian. 
You must stop taking Valerian at least two weeks before surgery. 
– If you take valerian for a long time can have several side effects, including headache, hypertension , bradycardia , excitability and insomnia.
Long-term ingestion can cause mild dependence, if it stops taking it becomes even more difficult to fall asleep.

 

Interactions

Alcohol interacts with valerian causing excessive drowsiness . 
Similarly, concomitant use of valerian and sedative medications should be avoided.

Examples include benzodiazepines such as:

  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Lorazepam (Lorax)
  • Bromazepam (Lexotan)
  • Triazolam (Halcion)
  • Diazepam (Valium)

We do not recommend the use of valerian along with morphine and derivatives, since the combination may give prolonged sedation and excessive drowsiness.

 

Where to find?

Valerian can be purchased at pharmacies or pharmacies for manipulation, the price is affordable for everyone. 
It is sold under various trade names: Remilev, Valdorm, Valerimed, etc.

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