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Insomnia? Consider Valerian

Insomnia? Consider Valerian

Valerian is one of the most popular and most studied natural medicines used for insomnia because of its sedative and tranquilizing properties. It is widely used in Europe for its therapeutic uses for nervousness, insomnia, and anxiety.

  • When combining statistical data from multiple research studies, it shows that taking Valerian significantly increases the chance of having improved sleep quality by 37% to 80% compared to placebo.

  • Taking Valerian also seems to decrease time to sleep onset by 14-17 minutes compared to placebo. It may take several nights to a few weeks may be needed for it to work.

Valerian seems to be safe when used short-term for “acute” insomnia. It's usually well tolerated; but caution is issued for long-term use. There is some concern about drug interactions for patients taking Valerian so always check with a healthcare practitioner first before trying any new natural medicine.

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