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Why do people take valerian?

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For thousands of years, the herb valerian has been used as a sedative in Europe and Asia. Many people throughout the world use it to treat insomnia and anxiety. A number of studies suggest that valerian does help with insomnia. It seems to give people better-quality sleep. It may also help them fall asleep faster.

Scientific evidence is mixed on whether valerian helps with symptoms of anxiety.

From: Valerian WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Valerian." National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Herbs at a Glance: Valerian." Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Valerian." Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Valerian."




The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 12, 2019

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Valerian." National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Herbs at a Glance: Valerian." Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Valerian." Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Valerian."




The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 12, 2019

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