Natural Factors Valerian Root, Standardized Extract, 90 capsules
Before over-the-counter medications were available, valerian was used by herbalists to ease pain. The valpotriates in valerian act as muscle relaxants, making it useful for painful spasms and menstrual cramps. But researchers have discovered a number of other factors responsible for valerian's relaxing, sedative and analgesic effect: valeric acid, volatile oils, choline, flavonoids, sterols, and alkaloids.
"Valerian root has been used for centuries to calm upset nerves, treat mood problems, pain and headache. In medieval times, valerian was so popular it became known as "all-heal." It is currently one of the most popular orthodox antispasmodic medications in Russia and Germany."
Each capsule contains:
Valerian 4:1 Extract (Valeriana officinalis) (root)................................ 300 mg
(Standardized to 0.8% Valerenic acids)
(Equivalent to 1200 mg dried root)
Recommended Adult Dose
1–2 capsules daily taken a half an hour to 1 hour before bedtime or as directed by a health care practitioner.
- As valerian's mechanism of action involves the same sort of receptor sites as benzodiazepine drugs (Valium, Dalmane, Halcyon, and Restoril), it should not be used in combination with these drugs unless directed by a health care practitioner.
Children: Suitable for children at one-half the adult dosage.
Pregnancy and Nursing: Valerian is not contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation according to various published authoritative texts. However, as it has not been adequately evaluated, valerian should not be used during this time unless directed by a health care practitioner.
Seniors: No special precautions are known.
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