When combined with some other herbs, valerian can be used as a tonic, antispasmodic or nervine.
Valerian is native to most of Europe and parts of northern Asia. Through the centuries, the herb has been used to treat such bodily ailments as digestive problems, urinary tract disorders, flatulence, nausea, vapors, colic and diarrhea. The modern application of valerian was not emphasized until late 16th century, and by the 18th, the herb was firmly established as a primary nerve remedy. Other uses for the herb include nervous heart conditions, children's anorexia caused by excitement and "inner unrest". The herb's major application is as a sedative, especially as a powerful substitute for stronger, possibly addictive pharmaceutical sedatives, some of which may cause losses in locomotor coordination, a "drugged feeling," and a potentially dangerous synergism with alcohol.
In Germany, many doctors prescribe valerian preparations for mild to moderate cases where doctors in Canada might resort to Valium and Xanax. In Canada, valerian preparations can be found in Sangster's Health Centres. Herbalists use valerian extensively for its sedative and anti-spasmodic action. While valerian has enjoyed a long history of favorable use, it is still unclear whether extended use of the herb could result in chronic or cumulative toxicity. No acute toxicity has been reported, but with constant use there can reportedly be minor side-effects such as headaches, excitability, uneasiness, insomnia and disturbances in heart activity.
Each Vegetarian Capsule Contains:
Valerian (valeriana officinalis)(Root)...500 mg
(5:1 extract, equivalent to 2500mg)
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, hypromellose.
Adults: Take 1 capsule, once per day or as directed by a health care practitioner.