Valerian is a traditional European herb with a long history of use as a mild sedative. Relatively recently in historical terms, it was used during World War II to treat people with nervous debility following air raids.
These days it is commonly used by medical herbalists to treat stress, anxiety, irritability and nervous tension. Larger doses have a more sedating effect therefore making it very useful in the treatment of insomnia. Studies have shown a reduction in the time taken to fall asleep as well as improvement in sleep quality with Valerian treatment.
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