( Valeriance officinalis)
plant that produces cream-colored flowers.
Part Used: Rhizome
lowers blood pressure
relaxes smooth muscle
on CNS as sedative and mild hypnotic properties. It effects the same
neurotransmitters as benzodiazepines and barbiturates.
Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and bactericide properties.
Dosage: Oil -
topically 1-2 times/day
Root - 2-3 g. in tea, several times a day
Extract - 150-300 mg dried extract.
Tincture - 3-5 ml several times a day
Effects: Rare, safe and approved
for food use by the
FDA. If chronically used, can
experience GI upset, headache, uneasiness and cardiac disturbances. Safe in pregnancy,
however always consult health care provider.
Interactions with other Drugs: anxiolytics, hypnotics,
analgesics, and anti-epileptics.
Interactions with other Herbs: Enhances effects of kava,
passion flower, lemon balm, hops, poppy, and skullcap.
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. Also, hepatic impairment.
patients to take 1 hour before bedtime if used for insomnia.
It will not decrease
Do not use concurrently with a sedative, may potentate effects.
Has no effect with alcohol (Contradictory studies).
liver function test.