Valerian root for anxiety?

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   Posted 2/21/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone taken valerian root for anxiety? If so, did you have any side effects from it?
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   Posted 2/21/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, I have not taken this herb but this is what I have read about it.

Valerian may be indicated for the relief of insomnia, stress-related anxiety, and nervous restlessness. Some people, however, experience adverse reactions to valerian. Rather than feeling the calming or sleep-inducing effects, they suddenly feel nervous, anxious and restless after taking the herb and may experience heart palpitations.

May I suggest that anytime you are looking at adding something to your med regime you do talk it through with your physician.

Take care and stay well,

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   Posted 2/21/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Laurar i think Kitt is right.My aunt is a nurse and she said valarian root can be helpful but has it's dangers! i asked her about it because i saw it at Walgreens and wanted to try it for sleep and she told me the same thing KItt told you,that i would need to talk to a physician first.Be careful honey!

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   Posted 2/22/2008 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Valerian root for anxiety ,i dint know.i knew it as sleeping aid!!

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