VALERIAN INFORMATION AND DOSAGE GUIDELINES
Valerian has a long history of use for treating anxiety, nervousness and insomnia. While its exact mechanisms of action remain unclear, it appears to work by increasing production of a chemical that influences mood, much in the same way as benzodiazepines, a class of drugs used to treat anxiety and related disorders. Whether or not it actually works for these purposes has not been firmly established and many studies have produced mixed results. Some dosage guidelines have been established for valerian and when the herb is used properly, appears to be safe
Valerian comes in several forms, including a tincture, which is made by soaking the herb in alcohol. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends the following dosing schedule for valerian tincture for the treatment of insomnia: 4 mL to 6 mL one to two hours before bedtime or three times throughout the day with the final dose being taken close to your bedtime. Drugs.com notes studies using valerian tincture for anxiety have used 2 mL to 4 mL daily. It can take several weeks to achieve any noticeable effect.
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