Valerian – Herbs For Alternative Medicine


Valerian is obtained from the dried rhizome and roots of the perennial herb Valeriana officinalis.  Valerian is known world wide for its calming effect on the body. Unlike many prescription drugs commonly used for anxiety, valerian has few side effects and is not addictive.  The actual active principle of valerian is uncertain.

Claims and Common Uses:

  • An effective tranquilizer
  • Reduces anxiety, stress, and hyperactivity
  • Relieves gas pains and stomach cramps
  • Good for muscle tension and relieves muscle cramps related to stress, PMS, and menstrual cramps

Parts Used: Root

Preparations: Dried root, tincture, capsules, fluid extract, valerian extract

Use fresh material. One tsp. To 1 cup of boiling water.

Side Effects and Warnings of Valerian:

  • May produce sensations of “strangeness” in some individuals. These persons should not use valerian.
  • In extremely high doses, valerian may cause paralysis and weakening of the heartbeat. Do not exceed the recommended dose.