I am looking for information about Valerian for depression.

Alternative Cures of Valerian

Valerian is a herb, used for many disorders, such as menstrual cramps and stomach cramps. It has a soothing and calming effect. A dosage of three times a day is recommended, thrice a day. It is generally taken at bed time. It also acts as a good relief for sleep disorders. It is available commercially as powder, liquid form, pills or as dried herbs. It is sold as a dietary supplement.

The herb is scientifically referred to as Valerian officinalis. It takes two to four weeks to cure insomnia. Headache, abnormal heartbeat and stomach upset are the side effects of valerian roots. Check out for any allergic reaction, before consumption. Valerian is not recommended, before a drive. Valerian is generally used in combination with other herbs, such as passion flower, lemon balm, hops and kava. It helps in reducing nervousness and irritability through depression.

Valerian is also helpful against restlessness, anxiety, gastro intestinal pain and irritable bowel syndrome. Extracts of valerian react with GABA and benzodiazepine receptors. It is also recommended for epilepsy. Night terrors and agitation are also possible.

answered by Dr C

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