Valerian - Useful Herb for Lower Blood Pressure
Valeriana officinalis Valerianaceae
Found throughout Europe and lIor/hem Asia, valerian is a herbaceous perennial. It prefers damp places , but ran survive in dry ground. The erect, fluted stems can grow as tall as 2m, with indented leaves forming a rosette around the base of the plant. Throughout the Summer , umbrella-shaped clusters of white, pink or red flowers open at the very top if the main stems.
The main compounds in valerian are valepotriates, valerenic acid, and valeranone, which have a sedative effect and can calm muscle spasms. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which can block the tranmission of signals in the brain, is also present.
Valerian is one of the best known herbal tranquillisers, and is frequently prescri bed to both adult and children as a remedy for minor nervous disorders and sleeping difficulties. Because of this, it has been the subject of a number of studies in many parts of the world. These have confirmed the sedative and antispasmodic powers of the valepotriates and valerenic acid in the plant. Its antispasmodic action may be the basis of its purported ability to lower blood pressure.
Recent clinical trials conducted in Brazil demonstrated clearly that valerian was not only highly effective in remedying insomnia, but could also improve the quality of sleep enjoyed. In addition, extracts from the plant showed great potential in the treatment of disorders caused by extreme anxiety.
Valerian can be grown from seeds, planted in April, or rhizome cuttings, planted in late summer. It grows best in moist, rich soil, preferably in a sunny or lightly shaded location.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT minor nervous disorders and sleeping difficulties
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
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