Herbal Supplements
Sedative Action – All-Heal Effect

Valerian, a tall, wispy perennial plant from Valerianaceae family, grows in Europe and Northern Asia and is cultivated in North America. Its popularity in many cultures from ancient times produced a few tens of names:

Amantilla, All-Heal, Baldrian, Baldrianwurzel, Belgium Valerian, Common Valerian, Fragrant Valerian, Garden Heliotrope, Garden Valerian, Indian Valerian, Mexican Valerian, Pacific Valerian, Valeriana, Valeriana officinalis, Valeriana rhizome, Valerianae radix, Valeriane; Valeriana edulis; Valeriana jatamansii, Valeriana wallichii; Valeriana sitchensis; Capon’s Tail, Cat’s Love, Garden Heliotrope, Setwall, Spikenard, Vandal root.

From 250 Valerian spices Valerian Officinalis is most frequently used. Beginning from ancient Greek physicians of all times recommended Valerian as calming, sleep-promoting, soothing, quieting, relaxing and antispasmodic mean. It was believed a remedy for cholera, carminative, anxiolytic, anti-convulsant in epilepsy and pain killer. Different parts of herb were used in soap perfumery and cookery.

Numerous investigations also proved Valerian efficient for mood disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), muscle and joint pain, restlessness, alcoholism, nervous asthma, migraine, stomach upset, menstrual cramps and symptoms associated with menopause.

Almost all mentioned Valerian actions could be explained by its sedative effect on central nervous system. Volatile oil, derived from herb root with pungent odour, appears to contribute to the sedating properties. It contains monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, valerenic acids, valerenal and valeranone.

The way by which Valerian extract may cause sedation is increase of GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) production; exactly GABA receptors regulate CNS sedation. In addition, valerenic acid inhibits an enzyme that destroys GABA. Another constituent – pyruvate – enhances the transport of glucose into the muscle cells.

Today Valerian is widely used for insomnia and various conditions caused by nervous disorders. Comparing to other sleep-promoting medicines Valerian is safe and gentle, not toxic and not produces dependency. It reduces the time it takes to fall asleep and improves the quality of sleep itself. Valerian best woks in case of its rotation with other sleep-inducing herbs like melissa, hops or chamomile.

In case of proper use in recommended doses Valerian herb produce no side effects. Failing overdose it may cause vivid dreams, blurred vision, changes in heart rhythm, stomach upset, itching, fatigue, abdominal cramping, chest tightness, foot and hand tremor or liver damage. Inasmuch as Spikenard may have mutating effects on cells, pregnant and lactating women should avoid use of this herb. It also is not recommended for children under 3 and persons with liver dysfunction.

To avoid dangerous interactions don’t take Setwall with other muscle relaxants; narcotic pain relievers; prescription sleep medications; cancer, allergy and antifungal drugs; and alcohol.

Daily dose of All-Heal herb varies for each form medicine sold in (tincture, tablet, liquid, capsule and dried herb/tea), age and condition of the patient.

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