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Nom scientifique : Valeriana officinalis

Synonyms : cat’s valerian, setwall

Part(s) used

Root and rhizome

Principal constituents

Iridoids, alkaloids, essential oil

Recognized therapeutic effects

  • Treats occasional insomnia caused by mental or nervous fatigue
  • Facilitates sleep
  • Treats muscular tension, motor agitation and neurasthenia
  • Supports drug withdrawal trearment

Traditional use

  • Lowers fever
  • Assists sleep
  • Relieves symptoms of nervousness, agitation and excitement caused by tiredness


  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • During activities requiring alertness (driving a car, working on dangerous machines, working at a height, etc.)

Drug interactions

  • None documented

Please note: Alcohol increases the effects of valerian

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