Valerian (Latin Name: Valeriana Officinalis) belongs to the family Caprifoliaceae. It is a perennial plant that is grown all over the world and is also used in the pharmaceutical industry. It blooms from June to August and is found in both Europe and Asia. More specifically, the root of the plant, its leaves and flowers can be used. Its taste is slightly bitter and has a calming effect on the human body.
It is popular for its sedating and relaxing properties. In fact, it is used commercially in the form of a capsule as a sleeping aid. It has long been used for people with anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia. Researchers have studied valerian extensively and it has repeatedly shown to be effective even when compared to pharmaceutical plants. Its relaxing properties result in decreased muscle tension and diminished pain related to that tension. Valerian has clinically been shown to decrease pain associated with menstrual cramps. Moreover, it promotes correct stagnant digestion.
However, some people show a negative reaction to valerian. These effects are time-limited. Reported adverse effects are rare, but can include diarrhea, headache, and gastrointestinal disturbance.
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Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.