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Description

Valerian is an herbal supplement derived from the root of the Valeriana officinalis plant. It is commonly used as a natural remedy for insomnia, anxiety, and other sleep disorders. It is thought to work by increasing the amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, which is a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood and sleep.

Common side effects of valerian include headache, dizziness, stomach upset, and excitability. It may also interact with certain medications, so it is important to speak with a healthcare provider before taking it.

Brand names associated with valerian include:
  ▸  Nature's Way Valerian Root
  ▸  Gaia Herbs Valerian Root
  ▸  Solaray Valerian Root
  ▸  Nature's Answer Valerian Root
  ▸  Nature's Plus Valerian Root
  ▸  Nature's Sunshine Valerian Root
  ▸  Now Foods Valerian Root

Synonyms
  • Baldrianwurzel
  • valer
  • valerianae radix
  • valerian rhizome
  • valerian root
Classifications
  • hypnotic
  • psycholeptic
  • sedative

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