Valerian. Properties. Medicinal Plants

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Valerian is a plant that grows in wet areas of Europe and America. The root gives off a smell that attracts cats, hence it also be known as "catnip."

Valerian. Properties

* The root is the one that contains many compounds, highlighting the presence of essential oils that give it a distinctive smell.
* Valerian is antispasmodic, hypnotic and sedative.
* Used for anxiety, nervous, and hyperarousal, irritability, neurasthenia, neurosis, insomnia, arrhythmias, palpitations, nervous disorders of menopause (climacteric). It improves mood and concentration.
* Valerian helps to fall asleep and improves the quality of it without exhausting weaken as many synthetic tranquilizers.
* Used in the cure of smoking as calm anxiety and nervousness that accompany the cessation síntoms.
* Due to its active principles of valerian is also used: hypertension, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, gastralgias. Myalgia, muscle contractures. Dysmenorrhea. Asthma and bronchospasm of nervous origin.
* Valerian is instrumental in treating infantile convulsions and epilepsy (physician-directed treatment specialist).

Contraindications Valerian
* Avoid use during pregnancy, lactation and children under three years.
* PLS USE No dosage forms containing alcohol to children under two years or people with ethyl.
* Unless otherwise indicated, it is recommended not to use essential oils internally through during pregnancy, lactation and children under ten years.
* Do not use in persons with known hypersensitivity to its essential oil or apply topically to people with respiratory allergies.

Valerian Side Effects
* When used for insomnia, we recommend a dose in the afternoon and, if need another one or two hours before bedtime. If taken immediately before bedtime occurs relatively often paradoxical reactions: great concern during sleep (Peris 1995).

Toxicity: 0 - 1 - 2 - 3
* Long-term use creates a certain dependence. It is recommended therefore to use valerian in a discontinuous way: After the initial phase of treatment, prescribing courses of 8 to 10 days, with breaks of two to three weeks.
* As with any medicinal plants that can be taken in tincture or fluid extract should always be kept in mind the alcohol content.

(0 = none, 1 = something toxic, 2 = toxic, 3 = very toxic)

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