Analgesic / Anxiolytic / Sedative / Anticonvulsant
Diazepam (Valium) is a synthetic analog to Valerian. Valium doesn't come from Valerian, but the active compounds are chemically similar. Both Valium and Valerian root are thought to affect the level of GABA amino acids in your brain, which are related to increased anxiety levels.
Dr. Oz calls this the Sleep Secret of Greece. He suggests using Valerian as a smooth muscle relaxant to aid in treating insomnia, back pain, and sciatica. Shows 11/16/2012, 10/28/2011, 06/08/2011
Valerian Root is used as a smooth muscle and skeletal relaxant to aid in treating insomnia, back pain, and sciatica. It may also be used to alleviate gastrointestinal pain and irritable bowel syndrome as well as reducing hypertension thereby regulating blood pressure.
Do not drive or operate equipment while taking the Valerian Root tincture. Valerian root is non-toxic but may cause side effects such as slow muscle reaction and disorientation.
Do not take Valerian if you are also taking depressants, such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or opiates.
People with impaired kidney or liver functions should not take Valerian except under a physician’s supervision.
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