• <h4 class="dechead">On One Hand: Recognized Benefits

    Valerian root is a natural herb used to relieve stress and help people sleep. It can be found in over-the-counter supplements and in herbal teas. Its most popular use is as a natural insomnia treatment. The University of Maryland recommends taking 200 mg three to four times a day for anxiety, 1 to 2 milliliters using the extract or 1 tsp. dried leaves in tea prior to bedtime.

    On the Other: Dose Considerations

    According to the University of Maryland, it takes approximately 28 days of consistent use for valerian root to show beneficial returns. Valerian root can have an opposite effect on some people, causing more anxiety and restlessness. Although valerian has been used to relieve stress, it causes drowsiness, so it should not be used during the day or when driving.

    Bottom Line

    According to the University of Maryland, using valerian root does not lead to any adverse side effects, so it is regarded as a safe way to help patients fall asleep.


    University of Maryland: Valerian Root

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