Botanical name: Valeriana officinalis. Valerian is a potent herbal sedative, traditionally used across Europe for physical or psychological problems caused by tension, such as nervous insomnia, anxiety, and bodily symptoms of stress.
Valerian contains a group of antispasmodic compounds called valepotriates. This herb can be most effective for relaxing muscles and easing uterine and intestinal cramps.Valerian relieves pain for some people and may increase the effect of sedatives, however high doses can have a stimulating effect.
Valerian should not be used before driving or operating heavy machinery.It is not recommended to combine Valarian with other sedatives and depressants, such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, or opiates as it can lead to depression of the central nervous system.