what Valerian Root is and does

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   Posted 2/15/2008 3:23 AM (GMT -6)   
There has been alot of talk about Valerian Root(Valerian Officinals) and other herbal supplements and drugs.  For anyone thinking of taking any herbs which help with withdrawls and daily insomnia and anxiety I thought this may be helpful.
Valerian is the root of a wild plant which has pretty pink flowers. It was used in the middle ages as a spice, perfume and medicine.  The properties of the Valerian Root are:
sedative, Nerve restorative, calms the heart, antispasmodic and carminative. 
Its used to treat anxiety, confusion, migrains, insomnia and depression associated with anxiety
Its useful when flying, helps for withdrawl for tranquilizers, high blood pressure and stress and for palpitations. 
While Valerian Root is considered safe for general use it can have an adverse effect and cause giddiness in some people(which is temporary).  It works good for withdrawls because of its sedative properties and its ability to lower blood pressure.  During withdrawls blood pressure can rise causing an aray of physical symptoms.(although when withdawing from tranquilizers you should not attempt to do it yourself as they can be fatal)  All herbs with sedative properties work on the central nervous system and should not be taken with other substances which cause nervous system depression.
There are certified hebalists which have become quite popular in the past few years.  When western medicial systems fail, herbalism can be quite beneficial. Many people prefer to use herbalism before western medical techniques. Many certified herbalists have spent 4 years in a university for herbal medical trainining and 2 years being supervised. 
There are countless herbal drugs and supplements that can help with many, many conditions. Including chinese herbal medicine.  If anyone is not able to use pain management opioids for any reason, checking out herbolism and seeing a certified herbalist for pain control may be beneficial. There are many herbs that are stronger than valarian and have more of a sedating effect, but valarian is considered generally safe to use by yourself without consulting a professional. Some of the stronger ones are not as safe to just use freely.  Remember, opium, cocain and many hallucinigens are derived from mother nature and although used in many different cultures as natural medicines, are considered drugs(ie-peyote,a strong hallucinigen is still used in native american medicinal practice and sacred ritual, although very, very illegal off the reservation) Always use care when taking anything internally which affects the CNS.(or when taking anything internally your not familiar with) 
Although I am not a certified herbalist, I have used herbal medicine in the past and present and have seen a certified herbalist. I hope at least one person finds this info helpful. If not, there is still alot to be said for useless info rolling around in ones head. Hey, anything can be worth a shot when your in severe pain and have no where to turn.
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