Valerian


 Valerian Nature’s Sedative 

 


Botanical Name:

Valeriana officinalis

Active Ingredients

Some of which include: Valerenic acid, valerenone, valepotriates

Valepotriates have been shown to have anti-tumour and cytotoxic activity in in vitro systems.

RESEARCH

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 –

People:

  • 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 traveling etc.
  • May be useful after a long and strenuous work out.
  • May be used as a diagnostic tool in assessing if head flicking is caused by fluctuations in blood flow through the nasal passages.
  • Anti-spasmodic action may make it helpful for mild cases of epilepsy, staggers and tying up.
  • 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.

 

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