Last updated on January 4th, 2017

Valerian is a herb often used as a natural remedy for insomnia and sleeplessness. It has been used for thousands of years to treat a range of conditions including anxiety and sleeplessness. While it’s most commonly known as valerian, it also goes by a number of other names including Indian valerian, fragrant valerian, vandal root, capon’s tail, setwall, amantilla, setewale, heliotrope, radix valerianae and Valeriana officinalis.The active ingredient in valerian is found in the root and root branches and you can buy it in medicinal form in capsules, tincture or use the roots in a tea infusion.

Valerian Dosage

The typical valerian dosage is one 300 to 600 milligram, which is generally taken at bedtime. It is recommended that valerian is only taken for short spans of time. Four to six weeks is the suggested maximum span the herb should be taken. The longer valerian is taken, the more likely it will be that the user will experience a reduction in the effectiveness of the supplement.

Valerian is very helpful for calming feelings of anxiety, restlessness and calming the mind. This is most likely the reason it is so popular as a natural sleep aid. While most people take valerian for sleep, there are many other benefits associated with the use of valerian. Valerian can also be taken to alleviate headaches, migraines, irregular heartbeat, trembling and symptoms of mild depression. There are also a number of common experiences and sensations that valerian can reduce the severity of including nervous
asthma, stress, excitability, hysterical states, hypochondria and upset stomach. Valerian can be taken to alleviate conditions experienced only by women including menstrual cramps, symptoms of PMS (including mood swings and irritability) and menopause.

Because of its calming effect on the nervous system, it is important that you do not operate machinery or drive after taking valerian.

Valerian can be added to foods and beverages if desired or even added to baths at nighttime to help relax the mind as well as your muscles and joints.

Valerian Side Effects

Like almost all other natural supplements and herbs, valerian also has side effects. Some of the valerian side effects that users might experience after use include dizziness, nausea, headache and a feeling of tiredness or sleepiness after waking. The sleepy feeling after waking will is mostly experienced by people who have this sensation after using other natural, or chemical sleep remedies. In cases where someone is allergic to valerian, they might experience hives or swelling of the tongue, lips and/or throat.


If taking a medication that already causes drowsiness, you should take valerian with caution and ask your doctor before you begin a course of treatment.

More info on valerian 

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/870.html
http://www.emedicinehealth.com/drug-valerian/article_em.htm

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