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 Valerian

 

   

Properties:

 Sweet, Bitter, Pungent, Warm (possible secondary cooling nature), Dry

Meridians:

 HT

 

Names:

Amantilla, All-Heal, Baldrian, Baldrianwurzel, Belgium Valerian, Common Valerian, Fragrant Valerian, Garden Heliotrope, Garden Valerian, Indian Valerian, Mexican Valerian, Pacific Valerian, Valeriana, Valeriana officinalis, Valeriana rhizome, Valerianae radix, Valeriane. Valeriana officinalis; Valeriana edulis; Valeriana jatamansii, synonym Valeriana wallichii; Valeriana sitchensis.

Family: Valerianaceae.

 

Functions:

  • circulates heart Qi, relieves irritability, relieves pain, stops wind and spasms
  • aids heart Qi stagnation, lung Qi stagnation, kidney Qi stagnation, calms internal wind.
  • calm spirit, relieve anxiety, promotes rest, helps insomnia by promoting sleep
  • tonify yin, clear deficiency heat, stops tidal fever
  • stimulates digestion, promotes urination, strengthen eyes and aids the vision
  • clears liver and stomach Qi stagnation and kidney Qi stagnation
  • stimulates heart circulation and shen (brain) function.  Relieves depression
  • warms heart yang, clears heart Qi deficiency, clears heart phlegm and dampness
  • nourishes heart blood and spleen Qi
  • stimulate immunity, reduce infection, antidote to poisons (bites/stings)
  • clears parasites, promotes tissue repair

Used For:

Orally, valerian is used as a sedative-hypnotic for insomnia and as an anxiolytic for restlessness and sleeping disorders associated with anxiety. It has also been used for mood disorders such as depression, infantile convulsions, mild tremors, epilepsy, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used orally for muscle and joint pain, and conditions associated with anxiety and psychological stress including nervous asthma, hysterical states, excitability, hypochondria, headaches, migraine, and stomach upset. Valerian is also used for menstrual cramps and symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes and anxiety.  

Topically, valerian is used as a bath additive for restlessness and sleep disorders.  

In manufacturing, the extracts and essential oil are used as flavoring in foods and beverages.

Caution:

Orally, valerian can cause headache, excitability, uneasiness, cardiac disturbances, and insomnia

Valerian may also produce a mild dependency creating the same symptoms it initially relieved!

 

 

 

 
 
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