I bought Valerian a few weeks ago because I heard it would help with anxiety and depression from a book I read on that subject. I have taken it every day and I feel wonderful. I no longer have any problem sleeping at night, and I no longer feel worried or have anxiety. I am actually starting to speak in public now which I never did. Just thought I would share that news with you.
Numerous reference sources I know of have somewhat issued a caution when using valerian. It is a very good herb for anxiety and depression, however, it is one of those herbs where "more is not better". Should you take too much or for too long, it may cause anxiety and depression that you are using it to get rid of. If you use it in the daytime, 10-15 drops of the liquid tincture is enough. At night, you can double that. It is also best not to use it without taking a break. I've found 5 days on and 2 off is very good.
Numerous reference sources I know of have somewhat issued a caution when using valerian. ...
In the past I too have successfully used valerian as a sleep aid. I am also aware of unrelated, reliable references that caution the use of valerian, citing specifically excess stress on the adrenal glands.
**It is always important to remember that no matter how good something seems, particularly if it is herbs or other natural substances being introduced to the body for the medicinal purposes, there still exists side effects, especially those that can be potentially harmful resulting from unintended misuse.**
Last edited by mellowfish; 12-17-2004 at 10:30 AM.