6 Benefits of Valerian
Scientific name: Valeriana officinalis
Higher classification: Valerian
Valerian is known to be endowed with antispasmodic, sedative, soothing, sleeping, anticonvulsant, relaxing and soporific properties – which cause sleep.
- Helps to sleep better
Valerian can serve as a natural remedy for people who have difficulty sleeping. Studies have shown that the herb shortens a person’s time to fall asleep and improves sleep quality. At the same time, the plant brings low chances that the person will suffer from morning drowsiness.
- Fight anxiety and stress
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes valerian as an herb that can bring benefits in relation to anxiety. Researchers have found that the root of the herb increases the amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. Such a compound helps to regulate nerve cells and soothes anxiety. In addition, the fact that it is relaxing can also help with stress management.
- Decrease Blood pressure
Active valerian compounds that help control anxiety and stress may also contribute to blood pressure regulation. Something that is important to prevent high blood pressure, which increases the chances of heart attack and stroke.
- Relieves menstrual cramps
One of the discomforts arising from premenstrual tension (PMS) are cramps. Valerian root can help alleviate the problem by being an antispasmodic and sedative compound, which acts as a natural relaxant to muscles and suppresses muscle spasms.
- Aid for the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
An eight-week survey in 2011 indicated that valerian may make some contribution to OCD treatment, and is well tolerated by patients.
- Contributes to the treatment of hyperactivity in children.
A 2014 study evaluated the effects of a combination of lemon balm and valerian root extract on 169 children from primary school for seven weeks. The result was that the percentage of children with hyperactivity decreased from 60% to 13%. In addition, the rate of children who could not focus was reduced from 75% to 14% and parents noted that there was an improvement in the sleep of the participants. Although the results are not considered conclusive, they are classified as promising and indicate that the herbal combination can be used as a follow-up to the traditional treatment for hyperactivity.