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Valerian is a non-scientific common name that may refer to a number of plant species and varieties.


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Historical Use of Valerian

Valerian in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Historical Use of Valerian in Western Medicine

Quote Paraph: "The greater part, however, of those taken from the vegetable kingdom, are manifestly inert and insignificant. Even the root of the wild valerian hardly supports its credit."
Sec Auth: Eadie MJ and Bladin PF
Title: A Disease Once Sacred. John Libbey & Company Ltd, 2001
Page: 192
Source: A Disease Once Sacred, John Libbey & Company Ltd, 2001, M.J. Eadie and P.F. Bladin
Complete: Eadie MJ, Bladin PF. A disease once sacred: a history of the medical understanding of epilepsy. Eastleigh: John Libbey; 2001. p. 192.
Primary Source: First Lines of the Practice of Physic by William Cullen


Synonymns for Valerian

Patent Medicines and Medicines with Multiple Ingredients that include Valerian

Pharmaceutical Information

Chemical Constituents

Evidence or the Use of Valerian in the Treatment of Epilepesy

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Animal Studies

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Randomized Controlled Trials


1st Five Results: pubmed search

Bindu Kumari, Usha Kumari, Dhananjay Kumar Singh, Gulam Mohammad Husain, Dinesh Kumar Patel, Anshul Shakya, Ravi Bhushan Singh, Gyan Prakash Modi, Gireesh Kumar Singh
Molecular Targets of Valeric Acid: A Bioactive Natural Product for Endocrine, Metabolic, and Immunological Disorders.
Endocr Metab Immune Disord Drug Targets: 2024;
[PubMed:38375842] [] [DOI] (I a)

Fanny Mulder, Dimitri Löwinger, Stephen P Jenkinson, Estelle Kaiser, Tamara Scharf, Micheline Maire, Simone Duss, Claudio Bassetti, Raphaël Heinzer, Reto Auer, Carla Meyer-Massetti
Counselling for Chronic Insomnia in Swiss Pharmacies: A Survey Study Based on Case Vignettes.
Pharmacy (Basel): 2023, 11(3);
[PubMed:37368431] [] [DOI] (I e)

A Kapucu, S Ustunova, K Akgun-Dar
Valeriana officinalis extract and 7-Nitroindozole ameliorated seizure behaviours, and 7-Nitroindozole reduced blood pressure and ECG parameters in pentylenetetrazole-kindled rats.
Pol J Vet Sci: 2020, 23(3);349-357
[PubMed:33006866] [] [DOI] (I p)

María Eva González-Trujano, Gerardo Contreras-Murillo, Claudia Andrea López-Najera, Fernando Josué Hidalgo-Flores, Andrés Navarrete-Castro, Concepción Gamboa Sánchez, Víctor Manuel Magdaleno-Madrigal
Anticonvulsant activity of Valeriana edulis roots and valepotriates on the pentylenetetrazole-induced seizures in rats.
J Ethnopharmacol: 2021, 265;113299
[PubMed:32841694] [] [DOI] (I p)

Hwayoung Lee, Jiyun Im, Hansol Won, Jun Young Kim, Hyung-Ki Kim, Jun-Tack Kwon, Young Ock Kim, Sanghyun Lee, Ik-Hyun Cho, Sang Won Lee, Hak-Jae Kim
Antinociceptive effect of Valeriana fauriei regulates BDNF signaling in an animal model of fibromyalgia.
Int J Mol Med: 2018, 41(1);485-492
[PubMed:29115388] [] [DOI] (I p)



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