VALERIAN, Valeriana officinalis

VALERIAN

Latin name: Valeriana officinalis

English name: Valerian, All Heal, Great Wild Valerian, Amantilla, Phu

Sanskrit name: Tagara

Medicinal parts used: Roots or rhizome

Valerian is a perennial plant that reaches a height of five feet and grows wild throughout Europe and parts of Asia. In many countries, it is cultivated for medicinal purposes. The old adage that if it tastes bad, it must be good for you is true for valerian, an herb that’s been used through the centuries to calm nervous jitters and bring on sleep.

The name is believed to come from the Latin word “valere” meaning to be healthy or strong. It is the root of valerian that is used medicinally, and it pretty much smells and tastes awful. The plant’s unmistakable odour emerges only during the drying process.

It is an herb that is well known for its ability to induce sleep. Traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine recommends valerian for treatment of insomnia.

Therapeutic use:

  • Valerian is used against sleeping disorders, restlessness and anxiety, and as a muscle relaxant.
  • Valerian may be helpful for the headaches and back pain associated with premenstrual syndrome.
  • Preparations for use on the skin have been used to treat sores and acne, and valerian by mouth has been used for other conditions such as digestive problems, flatulence (gas), congestive heart failure, urinary tract disorders, and angina.
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One response to this post.

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