Valerian's sedative effects have been recognised for over 2000 years, and the herb has been widely used in Europe for the past 500 years to treat nervousness, hysteria, dyspepsia and flatulence. Valerian was also widely used by physicians and formally recognised for its benefits in the US until the 1940s when pharmaceuticals took over.
Extensive scientific research, including numerous clinical trials, have confirmed Valerian's use for treating insomnia (particularly sleep-onset), anxiety and stress. The anti-spasmodic properties are also helpful for relieving muscle spasm, cramping and dysmenorrhoea. Valerian is often administered alongside Lemon Balm and Hops to increase its sedative effects.
Valerian is considered safe to use during pregnancy and lactation.