Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

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Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) – Attribution


Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a perennial herb with anxiolytic and sedative properties. Like certain other medicinal herbs, it is hypothesized to act via the GABA receptor.

History


Valerian has been used for centuries by European and Asian cultures for various therapeutic purposes. Ancient Greeks used the herb; in fact, Hippocrates wrote a treatise on its medical functions. Throughout history, it has been used for many purposes, including digestive and urinary tract issues, epilepsy, and more. Some of these uses have survived into modern times.

Description


The herb works by interacting with the GABA, gamma aminobutyric acid, neural receptor system. However, further clinical studies are needed to ascertain its precise method of action.

We do, nonetheless, know for certain that Valerian is an effective anxiolytic. Valerian can be consumed in a number of different ways. Most commonly, it is found in the form of dietary supplement or tea.

Side Effects


Side effects may include headaches, dizziness, itching of the skin, and stomach aches. However, more studies must be done to determine the likelihood of these side effects.

Important: If you are pregnant, taking prescription medication, or scheduled for surgery or other intensive medical procedures, consult a physician before taking any herbal medications.

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Scientific Studies


A Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Investigation of the Effects of Passiflora incarnata (Passionflower) Herbal Tea on Subjective Sleep Quality

These initial findings suggest that the consumption of a low dose of Passiflora incarnata, in the form of tea, yields short-term subjective sleep benefits for healthy adults with mild fluctuations in sleep quality.

Plant-based medicines for anxiety disorders, part 2: a review of clinical studies with supporting preclinical evidence.

Acute anxiolytic activity was found for Centella asiatica, Salvia spp., Melissa officinalis, Passiflora incarnata and Citrus aurantium.

Attenuation of benzodiazepine dependence in mice by a tri-substituted benzoflavone moiety of Passiflora incarnata Linneaus: A non-habit forming anxiolytic.

Anti-anxiety studies on extracts of Passiflora incarnata Linneaus.

Modulation of the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) system by Passiflora incarnata L.

Further Reading


MedLinePlus Drug Info

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