Thursday, June 15, 2017


The name Valeriana is derived from the Latin (valere, to be strong) and alludes to the medicinal virtues of some species, particularly of common valerian (V. officinalis), a native of the Old World.

Valeriana is a genus of perennials herbs or under shrubs, with a short, often small smelling root stock, distributed chiefly on the temperate E and cold region of the northern hemisphere.
Several species are however also found in Andean Chile, Brazil, South Africa, and south and South-East sub tropical Asia.

Valerian was first used therapeutically as a sedative by the English doctor John Hill in the middle of the 18th century.

The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia: (1983) describes Valerian as a sedative, mild anodyne, hypnotic, spasmolytic, carminative and hypotensive for hysterical states among others. The Pennsylvanian Germans used valerian for treating fevers, headache, spasm and dysentery.
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