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Is Valerian Root Safe?

Delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) is one of the common sleep disorders. In this, the patient is unable to fall asleep at the appropriate bedtime. He tends to sleep and wake up quite late. There are quite a few treatment options for DSPS, which are both medicinal and non-medicinal. Valerian root which is a popular sleep aid has been found to be effective as a cure for DSPS. The advantage of this natural drug is that it can be bought over- the-counter at various food stores. However, valerian root is not beyond side effects. Let us look at its pros and cons as a treating drug in details.

Sweetly scented valerian flowers bloom in hot months

How Does Valerian Root Treat DSPS?

Valerian is a hardy perennial flowering plant. The pink or white flowers that bloom on it in the hot months have a sweet fragrance. The medicinal extract comes from the dried roots of this plant that grows in the wilderness in the regions of Europe and Asia. The extract has a sedating effect on our nervous system that beings sleep. The foremost advantage of valerain root is that it does not cause any sleep hangover as most prescription drugs would do. It is a natural drug and is well tolerated by most people. It is found in most health food store. It is also available as a valerian root tea. You can combine it other natural sleep aids like lemon balm and passion flower. Although researchers could not find any link between valerian root and circadian disturbances, patients of DSPS did exhibit symptoms of recovery with it. It took them less time to fall asleep and improved their sleep quality too.

What are the Side Effects and Safety Concerns?

Valerian root should not be taken by pregnant women and kids. If you are already under anxiety medications like benzodiazepines, do not take valerian. The usual side effects of valerian are headache, giddiness, prickliness, stomach disorder, dry mouth and vivid dreams. Liver damage has also been reported as a rare side effect. In case you encounter vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and yellowing eyes and skin, see your physician immediately. Valerian can also interact with medications of allergy, cholesterol and cancer. Never combine it with alcohol.  

Valerian root , natural sleep aid, not without side effects

Final Words on Valerian Root  

I hope this article on valerian root was useful and wish that all patients of DSPS will be restored with sound night’s sleep.