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Valerian root is considered a calmative(sedating) and a tranquilizer. Its use dates back to times of Hippocrates for treating headaches, insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, menstrual problems and irritable bowel syndrome. Valerian reduces sleep latency ( the time required to fall asleep ). It does this without a period of bedtime drowsiness, or hangover sensation the next morning. 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 treat extreme emotional stress.
Benefits & Psychoactive Effects
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, they are very close in nature. The effects are most often described as far from placebo. Some would describe it as a natural narcotic. This doesn't mean it's a dangerous or crazy 'drug'. After all, it's an herbal tea.. For the best results, a tincture or decoction is suggested.
A decoction is made when a root is involved in almost all cases. The 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.
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. 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.
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