Valerian is most commonly used for sleep disorders, especially the inability to sleep (insomnia). It is frequently combined with hops, lemon balm, or other herbs that also cause drowsiness. Some people who are trying to withdraw from the use of “sleeping pills” use valerian to help them sleep after they have tapered the dose of the sleeping pill. There is some scientific evidence that valerian works for sleep disorders, although not all studies are positive.
Valerian is also used for conditions connected to anxiety and psychological stress including nervous asthma, hysterical states, excitability, fear of illness (hypochondria), headaches, migraine, and stomach upset.
Some people use valerian for depression, mild tremors, epilepsy, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
Valerian is used for muscle and joint pain. Some women use valerian for menstrual cramps and symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes and anxiety.
Sometimes, valerian is added to bath water to help with restlessness and sleep disorders.
In manufacturing, the extracts and oil made from valerian are used as flavoring in foods and beverages.
Valerian seems to act like a sedative on the brain and nervous system.
The cost at Walgreens is between four and ten dollars(if you buy two, you can get them for $10.99.) Check on prices from other places, also. They seem to all cost the same, but I didn't do a complete search.
Peace, hope and love, Anna
I use Valerian to help with my Meralgia Parasthetica. I've had this for over a decade after a partial dislocation of my hip joint, which was never treated (I have only recently been diagnosed).
Having taken the Valerian I no longer suffer from the burning pain, and although it is not entirely gone, I have far more sensation in my leg than I've had for a decade.
I have suffered from performance anxiety for years. So embarrassing. I would sweat, trimble, etc. Valerian root is my secret weapon. My brain sees certain situations as dangerous when it is not. As a result, I get an adrenaline dump and my fight or flight response kicks in. I make a small cup of camomile tea and add around 600 to 700 mg of valerian root (liquid form) before I enter an environment that I know triggers my problem. Works for hours. There is a sort of calmness that takes over and I feel totally at peace. I remember my first time using it. I purposely entered into an environment that normally triggers my attacks. I was so amazed and enjoyed myself so much. I spent years avoiding certain social situations that I now can enjoy. FYI I only take Valerian when I need it. It's not an everyday routine for me. I'm not sure if everyday use is safe or if the user will develop an immunity after long term use. Hope this helps.
I love Valerian root for stress. It's a subtle feeling of calm. It you are thinking that you want something that's going to make you feel nothing, this is not it. You may not even notice the effects until after a stressful day when you realize that the Valerian really worked, because your anxiety level was not high. I take themy in pill form when I know I have a stressful situation happening. I just take one 450mg in the morning. I've had different brands they all work the same. My husband says they smell like sweat socks, lol! He's right the do, but after I take them, I don't repeat on me, so I don't keep tasting them later. I've heard the valerian shrub smells too. Valerian has been used for centuries to help people sleep. I've also used for sleep. Work well. Like I said calming effect. I take 3 to 5 if i need it to sleep. Bottle says 5. My mom takes them every night for sleep after dad passed too.
Hope that helps! I'm wondering how long the effects last because I have a stressful day coming and I didn't know if I should bring some with me?
I've used this for my anxiety after being taken off valium. I take 4 pills 530mg three times a day abd it's been very beneficial it calms me really well and though it doesn't really make me sleepy just very calm and I'm able to to carry on in life thanks to it. Give it a try everyone's body is different but give it a few weeks or even a month for it to work if your taking it regularly like I am.
I use valerian, up to four pills, to calm me down at end of day and to help me sleep. Benadryl knocks me out, too. As for pain, I read that valerian is a mild anti-inflammatory and diuretic, so probably will not work on severe pain, but if you have headache, muscle tension/lactic acid build up due to anxiety it may help.
For me, valerian in combination with prozac 20 mg has worked wonders on my chronic moderate pain and anxiety/anhedonia (lack of ability to feel pleasure due to depression). Valerian alone was good for easing me into sleep, and calming me down "a bit" but it's not like a Xanax or Klonopin or anything that makes you super irritated when it wears off (rebound effect.)
So for stress and pain, I prefer aspirin, SSRIs, an herb like valerian or camomile, exercise, acceptance, and massage when I can get one :)
I honestly never thought herbal stuff could work for managing my severe anxiety, but believe it or not, Valerian root is worth a try. It comes in a variety of "sleep inducing" products in the vitamin section of your grocery store. I've been going through horrible benzo withdrawals, and didn't have any of my regular meds to take, so I tried a product called "Relax and Sleep". It's got Valerian root in it, along with Meletonin and Chamomile. It actually did more than I thought it would do, and within a relatively short time period. (About a half an hour). So, yes, it is definitely worth a try, especially if you're trying to get away from man-made anxiety medication. (If you're on such meds as Ativan, Xnax, Klnopin, Valium, NOW, do NOT stop taking it without notifying your doctor and setting up a taper plan, or you WILL be VERY sick...
don't combine it with herbal stuff, either. Try to use the Valerian as perhaps a substitute for a dose of what you normally take, see if it has the same or similar effect. However, don't combine the two together... _) I honestly thought I was going to be incredibly sick while withdrawing from Klonopin, but the Valarian root has made it far more tolerable. Give it a try.
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