The Valeriana , thanks to its sedative properties , it is widely used in the case of states of agitation and as a sedative in sleep disorders : it is able to reduce the time required to fall asleep and improves the quality of sleep itself.
How does Valerian work?
Valerian is the common name of Valeriana Officinalis , a plant whose rhizome and dried roots are used in extract, infusion or tincture form in the treatment of various nervous disorders . It can also be used as a carminative (substance capable of preventing the formation of gas in the intestine or of promoting its emission), although this use is less widespread.
The functioning of Valerian depends on the presence, inside, of particular acids which are able to inhibit the activity of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), the chemical mediator responsible for neuronal excitability. The carminative activity (removes the air that has accumulated in the stomach and intestines and soothes pains) of Valerian depends, on the other hand, on the presence inside of the biomolecules of the terpenes and the natural chemical compounds of the flavonoids , which determine a calming action on cramps and abdominal pain.
How is Valerian taken?
Valerian is available in various forms: tablets, candies, herbal tea, tincture .
Valerian side effects
Although it has very little acute toxicity , excessive and / or excessively prolonged use of this substance can cause migraine, insomnia, excitability, bradycardia (decrease in heart rate), increase in pressure .
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Valerian
The use of this herbal remedy is not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding . It should not be used in children under six years of age and should not be taken at the same time as other drugs such as barbiturates , since the risk is that of giving rise to a state of excessive sedation.