Valerian is an herb.
It is native to Europe and parts of Asia but also grows in North America.
Medicine is made from the root.
Valerian is most commonly used for sleep disorders, especially the inability to sleep (insomnia).
Valerian is also used orally for anxiety and psychological stress, but there is limited scientific research to support these uses.
- Inability to sleep (insomnia). Although some conflicting research exists, most studies show that taking valerian can reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep by about 15 to 20 minutes. Valerian also seems to improve sleep quality.
- Menopausal symptoms.
- Menstrual disorders (dysmenorrhea).
- Premenstrual disorders (PMS).
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
- Menopausal symptoms including hot flashes and anxiety.
- Mild tremors.
- Muscle and joint pain.
- Stomach upset.
- Other conditions.