What is valerian used for?

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Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Geriatric Medicine
You might have heard of valerian root, which is often used as a sedative or natural pain reliever. Sometimes called nature’s tranquilizer, valerian has been used for centuries to regulate the nervous system and relieve tension, irritability, nervous exhaustion and stress.

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Valerian (valeriana officinalis) has a sedative effect and may be useful in treating insomnia, particularly in helping to reduce the amount of time that it takes to fall asleep. Valerian is regarded as a mild tranquilizer and has been deemed safe by the German Commission E for treating sleep disorders brought on by nervous conditions. Unlike prescription or OTC sleep and anxiety medication, valerian is not habit-forming, nor does it produce a hang-over-like side effect.
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