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Valeriana Officinalis, Valerian

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Most Common Name: Valerian
Botanical Name: Valeriana Officinalis,
Also Known As (other names): Phu, Garden Valerian, All-Heal, Amantilla, Setwall

 The extremely pungent odour of the Valerian root is not easily forgotten. No wonder it was called Phu in ancient times. Were it discovered today it would probably have been called poo-ee or maybe "dontbringthatnearme". In some parts of Europe it is called Amantilla and Setwall in English speaking countries.

In ancient Greece it was widely believed that this was a miracle cure-all, used as an antidote against poisoning, for diarrhoea, as a diuretic. Over the years following, as Valerian gained popularity, there were claims of it healing epilepsy and helping against the plague.

Today Valerian is grown all over the world and is recognised as an important sedative.

It is used for, or in treatment of:

InsomniaStimulantCarminative
Antispasmodic  
   

 

Contraindications, do not use if:

   
   
We at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb. In our studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.

 

 

Administered as/Available in:

Liquid extractTinctureSolid extract

 

What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture
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Constituents (i.e. what has been reported to be in this herb):

 Valepotriates Non-glycoside iridoid with a sedative effect

Flavonoids: Flavonoids occur (as white and yellow plant pigments found almost as commonly as chlorophyll) as Glycosides or in a free state. In plants it is essential for protecting plant tissue from UV radiation and acts as antioxidants. As pigments it is also responsible for Autumn colors in leaves and yellow/red pigmentation in flowers.

Laboratory experiments have been conducted on the beneficiary effect of Flavonoids on the heart and circulatory system. Flavonoids are also used to mitigate stress, especially environmental stress. Flavonoids are often used for their antioxidant effect against free radicals. There are also strong indications that they have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive properties but dosage has not been determined which will obviously have a profound effect on their efficacy as a component of this herb.

Alkaloids Typical alkaloids are alkaline organic vegetable substances containing one or more nitrogen atoms. This nitrogen base is capable of combining with acids to form crystalline salts. Most alkaloids are derived from amino acids while a few are derived from isoprene units. Alkaloids are white or colourless solids containing oxygen (oxygen free alkaloids are few and far between and then can only exist as liquids) Most alkaloids are not water soluble, extraction is normally by tincture.
Alkaloids are found in about one quarter of all flowering plants. Thousands of alkaloids have been identified from a large number of plants where the alkaloid can be present in virtually every part of the plant or just a specific part like rhizome, leaf or seed.
Alkaloids generally have profound physiological impact on the human body and nervous system effects are predominant.
Many alkaloids are used as extracted and refined compounds derived from the actual plants or synthesised compounds in pharmaceutical drugs.
Several Alkaloids are banned in many countries because of the extreme impact on the nervous system (strychnine for instance is a deadly poison in very small doses) and the habit forming nature of some of the alkaloid compounds.

 

Tannins: Tannins are the largest group of polyphenols found widely in bark, wood, leaves and even some fruit. Widely used to tan animal hides in the leather production industry this constituent is an Astringent, works against inflammation in mucus membranes and other skin conditions, prevents bleeding of small wounds as well as uterine bleeding and is effective against diarrhoea and dysentery.

Tannins should be used with care as they tend to inhibit the absorption of other nutrients and substances therefore reducing the efficacy of other medicinal compounds in the medication.

 

Volatile oilCholineChatarineValerianine

 

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