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Uses for Valerian Root

By Daryl H. Bryant (438 words)
Posted in Pay it Forward on July 25, 2013

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Uses for Valerian Root

Anyone who suffers from insomnia knows the impact that it can have on your life. Those who experience chronic pain may wake up throughout the night due to aches and pains. Many MS patients have looked to Valerian root to improve depression, anxiety and poor sleep patterns.

Although not conclusively proven, it is thought that Valerian root can help those who suffer from insomnia get to sleep easier at night. People who do not get enough sleep will notice changes in energy levels, thought processes, and daily operations. Mood swings and an inability to focus on tasks are other side effects of not getting a minimum of seven hours of sleep per day.

When used on its own, Valerian root can be a substance that aids in the reduction of chronic pain. As early as the 2nd century, the herb was recognized and used as medical treatment for a variety of health problems. Over time, it has been used to treat anxiety, heart problems and gastrointestinal issues.

There are several ways to take Valerian root. The three most popular methods to use the herb are:

  • Take it in a capsule
  • Infuse the herb into your tea
  • Add it to a bath to help ease your mind

The root in its natural form as well as capsulized versions of the herb can be purchased from a wide range of manufacturers. Today it is classified as a food rather than a drug. This means that the quality of the Valerian root can differ between manufacturers. It is legal to purchase in all 50 states across the United States.

It is always recommended to consult with your doctor about any new foods or significant dietary changes before beginning. He or she will help you determine the amount of valerian root to use and for the duration of time it should be used. Many people report that it takes a few days before the sedative effects become apparent. Do not be surprised if you don't notice a change in your sleeping habits for 7-10 days.

The uses of Valerian root can help you overcome your sleep issues as well as help with chronic pain. For patients who have tried sleeping pills, it can be a natural alternative that provides for better sleep with fewer side effects. Anyone who is suffering from chronic pain can use this product to reduce chest and stomach pain in a reliable manner.

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