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Reprinted with permission from the book From Magic to Medicine                  Alphabetical Herb List

VALERIAN (Valeriana Officinalis)

The root is used as a sedative and mild tranquilizer. Commonly used for calming nerves and treating insomnia.

A nervine herb which strengthens and tones the nervous system ... helps you to relax and cope better with stress and anxiety (which have been linked to heart disease).

Used as a poultice to relieve pain and muscle spasms.

Usually used as a tea and considered very good for the entire circulatory system. Sometimes (but not always) promotes sleep. The drug Valium is synthetically made from Valerian Root.

CAUTION: Never boil Valerian Root!

Should not be taken with warfarin (Coumadin), may cause widespread bruising and uncontrolled bleeding.

DOSAGE: 500 mg three times a day or 1000 mg at bedtime.

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