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Valerian root is considered a calmative(sedating) and a tranquilizer in herbalism. Its use dates back to times of Hippocrates for headaches, insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, menstrual problems and irritable bowel syndrome. Valerian is believed to reduce sleep latency ( the time required to fall asleep ). When I use it, I notice the effects without lethargy, being very gentle yet effective. Holistic practitioners find many benefits from using it and often prescribe it for insomnia. They also brag about the herb being able to calm an individual down, relieve muscle tension, stomach cramps, and combat extreme emotional stress. To me, if I really need it, there's nothing like a good dose of a tincture and some melatonin to boot. Please note that nothing here is to be taken as a medical claim and I cite scholarly journals in my sources at the bottom of every page on the site. Thanks!
Many users compare the effects to those of prescription drugs such as Valium and Xanax. While the psychoactive properties are not exactly the same as these drugs, many prefer the herb instead. The effects are most often described as far from placebo. Some would describe it as a natural pseudo-drug. This doesn't mean it's a dangerous or crazy 'drug'. After all, it's an herbal tea.. Some studies have looked into its potential neuroprotective benefits! I use a tincture or decoction that's been thickened by evaporating half the water for best results and optimal potency. Some prefer to make Valerian into a spagyric type elixir. It's incredibly powerful when combined with Chamomile flowers in my opinion. A Native American friend of mine had a very interesting Absinthe recipe that utilized Valerian and common oneirogens for inducing sleep and insanely vivid dreams.. It was VERY COOL TO TRY!!!
Tincture & Decoction
A decoction is made in herbalism when a root is involved in almost all cases. The Valerian roots are boiled for a certain period of time which usually varies in opinion, usually from 10-40 minutes. A tincture ( or spirit ), is made using alcohol. A tea on the other hand, is just made by pouring warm water over the herb or root. Infusions are like tea, only using combinations of herbs intended to work together synergistically. It results in the best effects possible being generated as a result. I will tell you a few ingredients in the Native American brew my friend made if you promise to keep it between us... Anise seed, Fennel, Wormwood, Valerian, and Xhosa Dream Root.
Preparations should be used with caution, proper dosage, and permission from a health care provider. In homeopathic medicine, small doses are how it's done for the most part. Using concentrated extracts, tinctures, and elixirs, is something that requires proper dosaging. In other words, chugging an entire tincture of an herb is not the best way to medicate with it in most cases. The same concept becomes obvious when we consider a standard prescription. No one takes their entire script all at once, and no one does this for a reason. The point is that dosage counts.
Ignorance is always a pre-cursor to prohibition. Know how to use your medicine properly, stand up for your rights, and let the truth be spoken. Let's not give anyone else a reason to target nature for further prohibitions. Fix the corrupt laws against nature that are already in place. Going against what was meant to be will only damage our over all evolutionary processes even further. Valerian root is often exaderated in online blogs. It is incredible none the less! I want to encourage everyone to partake in Ethical Herbalism. Use Google Scholar ( scholar.google.com ) and cite sources! I understand what it's like to see facts on academic journals but try not to state them that way. Give your users a chance to read the journals for theirself. Don't give the FDA and other "authorities" an excuse to stop us. Thanks!
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