Valerian root has been known and used for thousands of years as the ‘natural sleeping pill’ while also treating digestive

problems, headaches, arthritis, and disorders of the nervous system, It is believed that Valerian root alsoValerian Root Side Effects affects the neurotransmitter, called GABA, in the brain.  

Gaba is one of the four primary neurotransmitters in the brain and it serves to keep all the neurotransmitters in check. Gaba produces a calming effect in the body and is believed to naturally enhance Gaba so it reduces stress and anxiety.

One of the main benefits of using Valerian root is that it is non-addictive, whereas other prescription medications can be. Another helpful benefit is that Valerian root can be purchased at any health food or supplement store at a fraction of the price of prescription drugs. Valerian Root is available in capsule form, tea, tablet or liquid, whichever you prefer, but it is best when taken right before bed so it will take you into a restful sleep. Typically 300 to 600mg is an average dose and drinking a Valerian tea or taking the liquid would be the quickest way to relax and rest because it gets into the system quicker. Women who are pregnant and anyone with liver problems should not take Valerian root at all.

 Valerian Root Side Effects …

Even though Valerian root comes from a natural plant, and there can be some side effects if you take too much, take it at the wrong time of day, or your system disagrees with its powerful qualities. They are:

  • May have an interaction with depressive medicines, narcotics, opiates and others. 
  • Stomach problems
  • Liver damage shown by signs of yellowing of the skin or stomach pain in the upper right section.
  • Allergic reactions have occurred after stopping Valerian root and they included a rash, hives itching, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the mouth or throat.

Valerian root is not a narcotic or chemical, but natural plants do produce strong reactions and responses within the body.

Use Valerian root, but don’t over use it, take breaks in your usage and always consult your doctor. They are not educated in herbs and natural remedies, but they can look up any side effects that relate to your individual use.

If you’d like to more about Valerian Root then check out my other post on valerian root for anxiety