Valerian root

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Valerian root 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 root

Valerian root in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Historical Use of Valerian root in Western Medicine

Quote Paraph: "He [Samuel Tissot, 1770] divided the 'specifics' for treating the disorder into those that might be helpful (e.g. valerian root, musk, orange leaves, castor, asafoetida, rue, antimony, mercury, iron)"
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: Tissot, SA. Traité de l'épilepsie. Tome troisième du traité des nerfs et de leurs maladies. Paris, Didot. 1770.


Synonymns for Valerian root

Patent Medicines and Medicines with Multiple Ingredients that include Valerian root

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Chemical Constituents

Evidence or the Use of Valerian root in the Treatment of Epilepesy

Basic Science

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Kiyohisa Yanagisawa
Transition of Psychotropic Drugs in Japanese Pharmacopoeia (JP) (Part 17) Transitions in the Standards and Test Methods of Valproic Acid and Sodium Valproate in Japanese Pharmacopoeia (JP), Pharmacopoeia of the USA (USP), British Pharmacopoeia (BP), and the Knowledge and Judgment about Japanese Valeriana, and Valproic Acid from Valeric Acid.
Yakushigaku Zasshi: 2016, 51(1);40-57
[PubMed:30183146] [] (P p)

Mohammad Ebrahim Rezvani, Ali Roohbakhsh, Mohammad Allahtavakoli, Ali Shamsizadeh
Anticonvulsant effect of aqueous extract of Valeriana officinalis in amygdala-kindled rats: possible involvement of adenosine.
J Ethnopharmacol: 2010, 127(2);313-8
[PubMed:19900527] [] [DOI] (I p)

Mervyn J Eadie
Could valerian have been the first anticonvulsant?
Epilepsia: 2004, 45(11);1338-43
[PubMed:15509234] [] [DOI] (P p)



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