Valerian root has for thousands of years been used to treat sleep disorders like insomnia, and recently people have been using valerian root as an antidepressant with good results.

Even with so many prescription drugs and over the counter “remedies” valerian root is still being used by many with great success to help alleviate insomnia.

The beauty about this natural herb is that it is not addictive and is mild, and can be used to relieve stress and anxiety as well. Which can actually be one of the reasons for its benefits, as it is often stress or anxiety that causes the sleepless night.

The valerian root grows in numerous places around the globe, including Asia, Europe and also North America. The extract that contains the active ingredient so useful as a sedative is taken from the underground roots and stems of the plant. They are then dried to make the herbal supplement.

There is little doubt to its effectiveness, but it is not clear what active ingredient gives the valerian root its sedative properties.

As well as offering an alternative to medication, this natural herbal extract can help relax muscles and soothe stress, which means that it is often used to help with the symptoms of some digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Diverticulosis.

Currently research is being conducted to check valerian root’s ability to help with panic attacks, as many people have expressed that it has helped them deal with this troubling condition.

There are different preparations of valerian root, and you need to ensure that you get the one that is suitable for your ailment. Some are specifically prepared for insomnia and others for stress release and muscle relaxation and others still to relive depression, so check that label or ask a store assistant.

Getting a good night sleep is one of the most beneficial things that a person can do for their body. It is time that the body needs to recharge and heal. Interrupted sleep can be unhealthy and mentally draining.

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