Valerian Root

Valerian is an herb found in Europe and parts of Asia. The root has been used for years for its medicinal qualities. Valerian root has often been referred to as “natures’ valium” due to its ability to offer calmness and reduce insomnia. It has also been used for years to reduce hot flashes in postmenopausal women.

A double-blind randomized controlled study found that valerian root can effectively reduce severity of tension-type headaches. Another study found that valerian root may act as an anti-depressant. It has also proved useful in treating insomnia.

Valerian root's use in recovery after surgery is in its ability to reduce anxiety, promote muscle relaxation and to decrease post-surgery insomnia.*


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Jenabi E, Shobeiri F, Hazavehei SMM, Roshanaei G. The effect of Valerian on the severity and frequency of hot flashes: A triple-blind randomized clinical trial. Women Health. 2018;58(3):297-304.

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