The Valerian plant has been used since the days of the Romans, the rhizomes and roots are the parts used. Valerian is anti-spasmodic, hypotensive, sedative and carminative; it is one of the most useful relaxing herbs available. It may be used safely to reduce anxiety and over-excitability.
Valerian works on calming the central nervous system and decreasing muscle spasms so it is useful for menstrual or stomach cramps, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal colic and pain in general that is associated with tension.
If you are having trouble getting to sleep then Valerian would be beneficial for you. It can reduce the time it takes to get to sleep and is particularly good for habitually poor sleepers and the elderly.
Valerian can help with migraine and rheumatic pain. Try it in tea form first which can be purchased from a good Health Food Store, or consult a Herbalist or Naturopath. Remember ‘Rome was not built in a day’ and you will get the most benefit by persevering with this herb.