Stress can be a killer. Almost all of us have been told that it’s a great idea to reduce the amount of stress in our lives, but that’s easier said than done most of the time. There are various products on the market that are said to help with reducing stress. Some work, others, not so much.
Used in various cultures for over a thousand years, Valerian Root falls into the first category. Due to the relaxing effect it has on the nervous system, my research shows that Valerian Root is most often used for treating insomnia and stress related sleeplessness. This herbal alternative to prescription based sleeping pills has a natural calming effect, and promotes restful sleep, without making the user feel sluggish in the morning. The valepotriates and the isovaleric acid found in the root are said to have a strong sedative effect that is strong and non-addictive.
After reviewing dozens of first hand accounts, it seems that Valerian Root works best when you take it a few hours before bedtime. This allows the medication time to metabolize in your system, and promotes a natural sleepiness that will allow you to fall asleep, and stay asleep.
Additionally, Valerian Root is said to work amazingly on stomach cramps due to nervousness or menstruation related issues, as well as migraine and rheumatic pain, and other muscle tension.
The calming effect is said to slow down the mind, and promote a general feeling of well-being in users. Allowing stress to melt away, and relaxation to set in. In this aspect, the drug works as a mild tranquilizer, and allows users to experience less emotional distress, and has been used clinically to ween patients off of anti-depressants.
Due to the calming nature of the drug, it’s important that users have a full night’s sleep, and refrain from taking other anxiety or insomnia medications while using Valerian Root.
Of course, it’s always important to consult your primary care provider before taking new medications, including herbal supplements. There are a number of medications that could have negative interactions with Valerian Root. Also, my research has shown that many patients who have recently had surgery, or have surgery scheduled in the near future, have been warned against taking Valerian for a few weeks. Pregnant women should also consult with a doctor before starting any new medication. Based on my research, the most common side effects seem to be upset stomach and “strange dreams”. However, side effects can be different for everyone, and anything out of the ordinary should be reported to a medical professional immediately.
If you are looking for a natural way to help fight stress, or insomnia, Valerian Root may be worth investigating. Studies suggest that the effects and dosage recommendations can vary by user, so it’s important to take your time and research the interactions of this herbal medication.
Promoting A Better Nights Sleep With Valerian Root
I’m Nick Wilkinson. I writer and radio personality who lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
With over 14 years of experience in the Behavioral Health Field, I’ve been working in close contact with kids from all walks of life.
Specializing in teenagers and young adults, I’ve been a career long supporter of “verbal de-escalation” and non-violent crisis intervention. I believe that what you say, and how you say it, are the keys to successful communication. I currently write about men’s health topics, parenting and child abuse topics, and other social issues. You can visit my blog at www.ActingNotReacting.com