This hardy perennial with heads of pink or white flowers can be found growing on roadsides and wasteland across the country. It contains a number of different chemicals with central nervous system activity and studies have shown it reduces the time taken to get to slepp and improves sleep quality, particularly when combined with Hops.
A great deal of research has been conducted into the chemistry of Valerian. Constituents include volatile oil containing valerenic acid, valerenone, valerenal and several others; iridoids, alkaloids, gamjma-amino benzoic acid. It also has a high concentration of valepotriates.
Valerian is widely used for insomnia and exhaustion. The sedative activity is thought to be partly due to the valepotriates and some of their degradation products and partly due to valerenic, acid, valerenone and other components of the volatile oil. Clinical studies have shown that Valerian reduces the time taken to fall asleep, particularly in older people and in habitually poor sleepers and did not cause somnolence in the morning.
It is also used for conditions connected to anxiety and psychological stress including nervous asthma, hysterical states, excitability, fear of illness (hypochondria), headaches, migraine, and stomach upset.
Found in Potter’s NewRelax Tablets .