Some of which include: Valerenic acid, valerenone, valepotriates
Valepotriates have been shown to have anti-tumour and cytotoxic activity in in vitro systems.
Natural Crude Extracts:
- Valerian is a sedative and relaxant by reducing nervous activity by prolonging the action of an inhibitory neurotransmitter
- It is an antispasmodic and acts on muscle tissue to reduce over-contraction.
- Vasodilator which in turn modifies blood pressure.
- Valerian is a sedative and relaxant and helps normalise sleep patterns
- Reduces the time taken to fall asleep, particularly older people and does not cause somnolence in the morning or affect dream recall
- Valerian is widely used in Europe for insomnia, excitability and nervousness.
WHAT ARE ITS USES –
- May be used for times of insomnia
- May relieve symptoms of pre-menstrual tension.
- During times of mental over-excitability and those that find it difficult to switch off.
- Relaxes over-contracted muscles.
- Helpful for shoulder and neck tension or any stress related condition. May relieve tension headaches.
- May be helpful in reducing blood pressure but should not be used in conjunction with any other medication.
Pets, horses and farm animals:
- May be used during times when your pet is exposed to a new and stressful event ie first time showing, when travelling etc.
- May be useful after a long and strenuous work out.
- Anti-spasmodic action may make it helpful for mild cases of epilepsy.
- May be used during times when the horse is exposed to a new and stressful event ie first time showing, first few races, when travelling etc.
- Horses that habitually tense muscles during a training session.
- Relaxes over contracted muscles. Also will help soften the topline during advanced dressage training.
- Anti-spasmodic action may make it helpful for mild cases of colic and the secondary effects of tying up.
- Low grade laminitis causes constricted vessels and pain. Valerian acts as a vasodilator which may relieve some of the pain.
Disclaimer: Information in this article is not to be used in place of professional medical advice and expertise. For diagnosis and treatment always see your health professional. We recommend that either a qualified herbalist or your animal professional carry out diagnosis and subsequent treatment. Herbal remedies must not be given not be taken in conjunction with other medication with out consulting a medical professional.