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Indian Valerian Root is a safe, non-addictive sedative, stomachic, nervine, hypnotic, hypotensive and relaxant and is prescribed as a remedy for anxiety, mental strain, hysteria, hypochondriasis, nervous unrest, lack of concentration, excitability, and emotional troubles and problems of menopause. Valerian reduces mental over-activity and nervous excitability, helping people who find it hard to ‘switch off’. It is beneficial for almost any stress-related condition, and, in general, has a calming, rather than directly sedative, effect on the mind. Many symptoms of anxiety, including tremors, panic, palpitation and sweating, can be relieved with Valerian. It is a useful remedy for insomnia, whether caused by anxiety or over-excitement. It is also useful in premenstrual tension. It also gives relief in muscle spasms and lowers blood pressure caused by stress and anxiety. Also useful in liver disorders.
Experiments conducted for the past 15 years have found that Valerian is also effective in treating children with psychomotor agitation (hyperactivity) and behavioural disorders. In fact, in these children, it enhanced motor coordination and maintained reaction time, while calming anxiety and fears, curing restlessness and curbing aggression. It is also used as a carminative. The drug contains a group of monoterpenic derivatives, known as valepotriates which are useful as tranquilisers and sedatives.
Some researchers have compared Valerian Root to benzodiazepines such as Diazepam. However, Valerian is a much milder and safer sedative. Unlike Diazepam, Valerian is not addictive or does not promote dependency. And Valerian’s sedative effect is not significantly exaggerated by alcohol and barbiturates (unlike Diazepam), and also has not been linked to any birth defects (again, unlike Diazepam). Valerian is also a smooth muscle and skeletal relaxant. It reduces pain from shingles.
Each 250 mg. capsule contains:
Valeriana wallichii Dried Extract (6:1) (Tagar) 250 mg.