Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Valerian As Alternative Medicine

Valerian As Alternative Medicine

Valerian is an alternative medicine for insomnia that has been used since the times of Greek physician Hippocrates. This herb is derived from the valerian plant’s root. Today valerian is also effective for many other health complaints.

  1. It is a powerful remedy for heart palpitations, nervousness, hypertension, migraine and tension headaches.
  2. It is a treatment for spastic colitis and gastrointestinal pain.
  3. Very often it is used in place of Valium the prescription drug.
  4. It is an effective remedy for ADHD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  5. It is an excellent antibacterial facial wash.
  6. It is a tranquilliser to treat stress, anxiety and restlessness.

Valerian is available as tablets, capsules, teas and tinctures. It is safe and non-addictive over short term. This herb is recommended for use of between four to six weeks. Standard dosage is between 270 and 450 mg of valerian extract or 2 to 3 g of dried root. When used to give relief to tension and to aid sleep valerian is combined with lemon balm, skuppcap and passion flower. Nursing and pregnant women and children under 2 years old should avoid this herb. Valerian must not be taken with alcohol or medications for mental health and seizure. This herb can react with muscle relaxants, sedatives, narcotics and antihistamines. Side effects are rare when the dosage is adhered to. Some possible side effects are stomach problems, headache and dizziness.

Today valerian is accepted worldwide as an effective herbal sleeping remedy. In Europe it is used as a treatment for anxiety and sleeping disorders. In United Kingdom and Germany it is approved by the governments as sleep aid. Valerian is a much preferred effective and gentle alternative medicine for insomnia.


HamrickM said...

I have not gotten good results from valerian. I have had help sleeping from melatonin, though it took a while to find a brand that worked. That can be frustrating because I am convinced that most brands are junk. One site that helps is nutritionaltree.com, which rates products based on customer reviews.

tenom894 said...

Thanks hamrickm for sharing. I believe there is no one rule for all. What works for you may not work for someone else. It is good that we can share our experiences and success with others.