- Valerian’s active compounds, including valepotriates and valerenic acid, have been shown to effectively potentiate GABA receptor function in the central nervous system (J Pharm Pharmacol 1999;51:505-12).
- Valerian root has been shown in clinical studies to reduce sleep latency and promote sleep stages 3 and 4 (Pharmacol Biochem Behav 1982;17:65-71; Planta Med 1985; 51:144-8).
- Valerian may improve the ability of humans to cope with mental stress (Pharmacopsychiatry 1988;21:447-8).
- Valerian has proven to be non-addictive and does not contribute to a ‘hung-over’ morning feeling following use (Pharmacopsychiatry 1999;32:235-41).
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