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Valerian, Valeriana officinalis
Parts used: Roots and rhizomes.
Constituents: Volatile oil, Alkaloids, Iridoid esters, Resins and Gums, Choline, Phenolic acid, Flavonoids, Sterols, Tannins, and Fixed oil.
Minerals: magnesium, potassium, copper and some lead and zinc.
Actions: Tranquilliser, Sedative, Anxiolytic, Anti-spasmodic, Carminative, Hypotensive, Vasodilator, Anti-tumour.
Indications:
Nervous system, GI system, anxiety, stress, restlessness, epilepsy, insomnia, disturbed sleep, nervousness, ADD, aggression, depression, neuralgia, lack of concentration, frustration, anger (Dorothy Hall) and irritability, intolerance.
IBS, MS and GI cramps, colitis, dyspepsia, muscle cramps.
Hypertension, migraines, esp. related to stress, heartburn.
Inhibits RNA and DNA synthesis in vitro.
Valerianic acid regulates ANS.
Drug withdrawal - both recreational and prescription.
Herbal extract: 15-50mL per week or use 10-20 drops when wake up at night.
Surgical concerns: Could increase effects of sedatives, long-term use could increase the amount of anesthesia needed, withdrawal symptoms resemble Valium addiction.
Recommendations: If possible, taper dose weeks before surgery.
If not, continue use until surgery. Treat withdrawal symptoms with benzodiazepine.
Energetics: sweet, bitter, pungent, warm with cooling potential. Dosha: VK-P+.
Meridians: heart, pericardium, lung, spleen, liver.
Caution: can cause sleepiness or headaches reduce dose if this occurs. Overdose can lead to dizziness, spasms, hallucinations and excitability. Can potentiate other sleeping pills. Can replace drug Diazepam.
If you want to replace Amitrytylline use St John wort and Valerian.