Some studies show that valerian can help improve sleep when combined with other herbs, including hops and lemon balm. Taking valerian might also improve the sleep quality of people who are withdrawing from the use of sleeping pills. However, some research suggests that valerian does not relieve insomnia as fast as "sleeping pills." Symptoms of menopause.
Research shows that taking 675-1060 mg of valerian root daily for 8 weeks can reduce the severity and frequency of hot flashes in postmenopausal women. There is contradictory evidence about the effectiveness of valerian for anxiety. Some early research shows that taking valerian may reduce anxiety. The conflicting results may be due to differences in doses used or the type/severity of anxiety being treated. Early research suggests that taking valerian plus St. John's wort improves depression symptoms faster than low doses (500 mg). Early research suggests that taking 255 mg of valerian three times daily for two menstrual cycles reduces pain and the need for other pain relievers during menstruation. Taking valerian root extract seems to reduce the emotional, behavioral, and physical symptoms associated with PMS when started on the 21st day of the menstrual cycle and continued for 7 days. Taking valerian seems to work as well as taking the drug midazolam for reducing anxiety in adults getting their wisdom teeth pulled.
Early research suggests that taking 600 mg of valerian for 7 days before a mental stress test reduces blood pressure, heart rate, and feelings of pressure when under stress. Other research found that taking 100 mg of valerian before speaking in front of an audience reduces feelings of anxiety. Another study found that taking a single dose of a combination product containing 360 mg of valerian and 240 mg of lemon balm night lower anxiety caused by stress. But the combination seems to increase anxiety when taken in larger doses of 1080 mg of valerian and 720 mg of lemon balm. Menopausal symptoms including hot flashes and anxiety. More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of valerian for these uses. When taken by mouth : Valerian is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when used in medicinal amounts short-term. Valerian has been used with apparent safety in studies lasting up to 28 days. Valerian may cause headache, stomach upset, mental dullness, excitability, uneasiness, heart disturbances, and even insomnia in some people. A few people feel sluggish in the morning after taking valerian, especially at higher doses. It's best not to drive or operate dangerous machinery after taking valerian. It might cause withdrawal symptoms when discontinued after long-term use. To avoid possible side effects when discontinuing valerian after long-term use, it's best to reduce the dose slowly over a week or two before stopping completely. Special Precautions & Warnings: Pregnancy or breast-feeding : There isn't enough information about the safety of valerian during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Children : Valerian is POSSIBLY SAFE for children when taken by mouth appropriately for 4-8 weeks. Surgery : Valerian slows down the central nervous system. Anesthesia and other medications used during surgery also affect the central nervous system. Stop taking valerian at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery. Valerian might also cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Taking large amounts of valerian along with alcohol might cause too much sleepiness. Valerian can decrease how quickly the liver breaks down alprazolam. Taking valerian with alprazolam might increase the effects and side effects of alprazolam such as drowsiness. Sedative medications (Benzodiazepines) interacts with VALERIAN.
Drugs that cause sleepiness and drowsiness are called sedatives. Taking valerian along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.
Some of these sedative medications include alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), midazolam (Versed), temazepam (Restoril), triazolam (Halcion), and others. Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with VALERIAN. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking valerian along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.