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Was This Due To Valerian Root? ?
Last night I tried valerian root to see if it would help me sleep. I did not help me fall asleep any faster. I slept about the same as usual.

However, when I woke up this morning, I felt very at ease, very relaxed, calm, in a good mood, much less irritable. Not abnormally relaxed or euphoric. I didn't feel like I took a ton of valium but quite a bit calmer than usual. For example, usually traffic gets me upset in the mornings almost right away but today, it didn't really bother me. Usually I feel like i am in a constant rush but I felt like I could take my time getting places all day.

Now this feeling wore off eventually, about 16 hours after taking the valerian. Now I feel how I usually do. Just kind of normal. Could my half a day or so of feeling pretty mellow have to do with the valerian root?

Nicely done Mou. The only addition I have is that there are some people who have an opposite reaction to Valerian (makes them wired) so if you are taking it for the first time you may want to try it on a night that you don't have anything really important (like work) the next day.

Valerian Root is also known for releiving anxiety and stress. It can take about a month for full effectiveness. There are many different articles on this on the web.

Well you see the Valerian root has been used as a sleep aid for over 1,000 years. Its ability to help relax the central nervous system, promote feelings of calm, decrease levels of anxiety and stress, and enhance sleep are known to millions the world over.

Unlike some prescription sleep aids, valerian is not known to cause morning grogginess and is non-addictive.

The Valerian root has an affinity for GABAA (responsible for mediating the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)) receptors, likely due to the relatively high GABA content in valerian itself. The amount of GABA (the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the human central nervous system.) present in valerian extract is sufficient to induce release of GABA in synaptosomes and may also inhibit GABA reuptake.

Other believed mechanisms of action in valerian include inhibition of the catabolism of GABA by valerenolic acid and acetylvalerenolic acid and affinity for the 5-HTA receptor by another constituent of valerian, called hydroxypinoresinal.

Due to the herb’s historical use as an anti-convulsant, sedative, migraine treatment and pain reliever, most basic research has been focused on the interaction of Valerian constituents with the GABA neurotransmitter. The findings of these studies remain inconclusive. Thus, the true mechanism of action of Valerian remains unknown.

Also you should know that the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) gives Valerian a class 1 safety rating, indicating that it is a safe herb with a wide dosage range, but there is also evidence that in some cases of long-term use, serious withdrawal symptoms may occur when it is stopped abruptly.so don't consume too much.

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