Valerian, Xie Cao

Valeriana officinalis

Valerian is native to Europe, but has been widely cultivated in North America since the early 19th century during times of colonization. It is used widely throughout Europe as an over the counter sleep aid. Valerian contains a substance called valerenic acid that is believed to have an effect on gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in the brain. GABA acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter helping to calm overexcited nerve cells. Therefore, valerian is a helpful ally to manage fear, anxiety and restlessness.

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Key Actions & Healing Properties:

  • Anxiolytic (anti-anxiety)
  • Mild sedative
  • Hormone balancing
  • Cerebral stimulant
  • Analgesic (pain relieving)
  • Promotes restful sleep and relaxation

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