Valerian is a herb and the medicine is made from the root. For thousands of years, it has been called as a sleep herb. It is a part of many official pharmacopeias in Europe and is widely used as a sedative. It is used to remove anxiety and insomnia. Researchers have used the sleep parameters to assess the overall quality of an individual’s sleep. The parameters showed it decreases sleep latency. Sleep latency is the time taken to go to sleep after the lights are turned off. The natural root extracts shorten the time period and help to fall asleep easily. On the contrary, it extends the sleep time depending on a particular person. Significant improvements in sleep and social behavior have been noticed after this research. It decreases the frequency of wakes at night giving a proper and soothing sleep. Night time motor activity is reduced to almost none. It describes how restless you are during your sleep. As the root extract relaxes the muscles, a decrease in movement occurs.
Chemical properties of the natural relaxer
Valerian is a perennial flowering plant from the Valerianaceae family. It is native to Europe and some parts of Asia and now it also grows in North America. The root contains volatile oils that include valerenic acids, less volatile sesquiterpenes and valepotriates. They are very active constituents and the significant improvements in sleep and social behavior is likely responsible for the ability to produce a calming and restorative effect on the nervous system of human body. In the market, it is sold in the form of powder extract inside a capsule, tea, tincture or sometimes fluid extract. The herb can also be used externally in the oil form. The smell of the root is terrible but thankfully it does not taste as bad as it smells. You will start noticing the benefits of regular use for two or more weeks. The maximum period must be within a month. For the cases of insomnia, the medicine is taken one to two hours before going to bed or up to three times in 24 hours.
Possible side effects misusing the product
It is always a strict no to use more of this product than what is prescribed. You may consult with a practitioner along with a doctor to know your dosage level. In the case of a capsule do not crush, chew or break the capsule. Swallow it as a whole. If you are in need of a surgery anytime, stop taking the medicine at least two weeks ahead of time. If you have a skin injury, fever, an infection or heart problem you should avoid the use of this herb. As I t proves itself to be a muscle relaxer it will not allow your muscle to cure the infected parts. Be cautious when you are driving, operating machinery or performing any other hazardous activities. This is because it causes drowsiness and you may feel a bit sleepy all the day. Consumption of alcohol should be stopped because it increases the drowsiness.