Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Valerian

Valeriana officinalis Family: Valerianaceae INTRODUCTION

Valerian is a perennial that produces clusters of pink or white flowers in the summer and grows up to 5 feet tall.( n1) It is native to Asia and Europe, has naturalized in northeastern America, and is extensively cultivated in Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Eastern Europe, Japan, and the United States.( n2, n3) There are over 250 species of the genus Valeriana.( n4) In the United States and Europe, V. officinalis is the most commonly used and studied species.

DOES VALERIAN IMPROVE SLEEPINESS AND SYMPTOM SEVERITY IN PEOPLE WITH RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME?

Objective • To compare the effects of 800 mg of valerian with a placebo on sleep quality and symptom severity in people with restless legs syndrome (RLS). Methods • A prospective, triple-blinded,...

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