PRIMARY USES : Pain, Insomnia, Anxiety, Cramps
Valerian has a long history of use as a sedative and sleep aid; it is 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 which must be digested before it can be absorbed, so liquids are preferred for fastest action.
It will help calm one down when going through difficult emotional and mental times or when in therapy and in turmoil. However, the down side 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 musculo-skeletal system (i.e. muscle and joint pain from injury, accidents, work outs, surgeries). Valerian can 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 sensation 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 dose appropriate to the stressful situation at hand.
Valerian has been used to decrease the symptoms from withdrawal from barbiturates and benzodiazepine drugs. It has helps the emotional agitation from quitting Cigarette smoking. Valerian is also mildly anticonvulsant and have indications in mild forms of seizures.
Contrary to popular beliefs, Valium was not derived from Valerian. They sound alike and are for similar conditions, but are not related otherwise.
CONTRA-INDICATIONS AND CAUTIONS:
Prescription pain killers, Severe depression may be aggravated with Valerian. Valerian may potentiate the sedative effects of barbiturates. Valerian will create unpleasant side effects in a small number of those who use it. It can create disturbed sleep or a hang over fog the morning after. Discontinue use if this occurs. It usually occurs in those with essential hypertension and or hyperdigestive secretory function. Generally not indicated for kids less than 3 years of age.
COMPLIMENTARY FORMULAS & SINGLE HERBS:
Kava Kava Root (if anxiety, depression)
Passion Flower Herb (gentle sedative, muscle relaxer)
Relax (Valerian formula to sedate, insomnia, pain, knock out)
Anxiet-Ease (if anxious, stressed more emotionally, mentally)
St. Johns Wort (for depression, pain)
Joint Tonic (if joint pain)
DOSAGE: General: 30-60 drops, 2-3 times per day or as needed in juice or water. Acute Pain & Stress: 60- 120 drops (2-4 squirts) every 2-3 hours until one feels better.