Valerian

Valeriana officinalis

Part Used

Root

Systems

Nervous; muscular; respiratory; cardiovascular

Actions

Analgesic; antimicrobial; antispasmodic; anti-anxiety; bitter; carminative; nervine sedative & hypnotic; hypotensive

Traditional Uses

One of the most relaxing nervines available to herbal medicine. Can be used safely to reduce tension, anxiety, and overly excitable states. Is an effective aid in insomnia, producing a natural healing sleep. As an antispasmodic, ┬áhas a muscle-relaxing effect on smooth and skeletal muscles. Aids in the relief of cramping, neuralgias, and intestinal colic. Most indicated for pain associated with tension, such as in migraines. Useful in a variety of respiratory and cardiovascular disorders such as asthma and hypertension. Helpful in menopause – dysmenorrhea and uterine pain. ^1. 2.