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 similar relaxation effects as passion flower. It has also been used for many years to decrease hot flashes in postmenopausal women.
Another double-blind randomized controlled study found that valerian root can effectively reduce severity of tension-type headaches.
Valerian root's benefit in recovery after surgery is in its ability to promote decreased anxiety, and offer relaxation while improving post-surgical insomnia.*
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