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Valeriana officinalis


Trouble sleeping (insomnia), nervousness, nervous fatigue, nervous head- or stomach aches and cramps, nervous migraine, menstrual cramps, generally calming the nerves (e.g. exams, anxiety) ...


Composition :
Capsule, 100% Valeriana officinalis radix - 500 mg/capsule

Part used :

Valerian is a hardy perennial plant in the Valerianaceae family which includes about 150 varieties. Valerian grows wild in the temperate forests of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Everybody is familiar with the typical smell which cats love in particular.

History: In antiquity, Greeks and Romans used Valerian as a medicinal plant. Hildegard von Bingen, the german composer, philosopher and christian mystic, used Valerian for treatment of gout and stitch. The calming properties of the plant were discovered much later; Christoph Hufeland, a physician to the prussian king who among other treated J. W. Goethe and F. Schiller and who, as an avid scholar of chinese alchemy, coined the term ‘macrobiotics’, used Valerian to calm and strengthen the nervous system.

Active ingredients in the Valerian root include Isovalerianic acid (with higher concentration after 12 months storage), essential oils, Alkaloids (Chatinine, Valerine), tannic acid, formic acid, acetic acid and Valerianic epoxy-tryester (calming and soothing cramps). Valerian root may be used with any type of nervous disorder ; the plants properties reduce tension and help with sleep disorders. Valerian is the key to calmness, without intoxicating or numbing the senses like chemical agents. Its medicinal properties are well suited to enhance learning and going through exam stress, as they improve focus and performance (try auto school). Consuming tobacco and Valerian at the same time gives tobacco a bad taste, which can be helpful with quitting smoking (see also Kudzu/Japanese Arrowroot).

To improve effectiveness, the recommended dose may be increased without harm. The use of capsules is preferable, since the strong smell is alleviated and all active ingredients are included, not just an excerpt thereof. For treatment of difficulty breathing, Valerian powder is best combined with fennel and sugar. Valerian should not be taken, however, over a period of more than 3-4 weeks ; it can easily be substituted with Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) and women may alternate with hops (Humilus lupulus strobulus). Valerian increases the effect of sleeping pills and should not be taken together. It also increases the effect of narcotics and should therefore be stopped well before any surgery.

Note: Valerian should not be taken for more than 3-4 weeks, as continued use and high concentration may lead to headaches and/or heart palpitation. Longtime use may cause kidney disorders.


Take 3 capsules in the evening, 1 hour before going to sleep; for general calming effect, take 2 capsules three times daily.