Valeriana officinalis

Valeriana officinalis is a homeopathic remedy that is also known as simply Valerian.

Valeriana officinalis is sometimes used for insomnia, and even mild sleeplessness. Lists of the uses of valerian in homeopathy often include a wide range of different health conditions and different parts of the body.

The over-use of this well-known herb is said by some to have caused insomnia, and in some cases even hysteria, during the 19th century. This opposite effect due to over-use is not surprising bearing in mind the homeopathic principle by which extremely diluted quantities of a substance are used to treat a condition that large amounts of same substance causes.

Qualified homeopathic practitioners are best able to give advice about the use of valeriana officinalis.


More about the substance used to prepare valeriana officinalis homeopathic remedy:

The homeopathic remedy valeriana officinalis is derived from the plant whose scientific name is Valeriana officinalis and which is also known by various common names including valerian, garden valerian and garden heliotrope. This herb is a perennial flowering plant that typically grows to heights of 2-4 ft (0.7-1.4 m) and produces heads of sweetly scented flowers flowers ranging in colour from pink, through shades of pale pink to white.

Valeriana officinalis is known to have been used as a medicinal herb for over 1800 years. It is mentioned in ancient Greek writing including works attributed to Hippocrates and Galen. It was also used to treat various ailments during the Middle Ages, when it was referred to as 'all-heal'. Since then this herb has been used for various medicinal purposes such as to alleviate 'nervous problems' during the 18th century. Although it plant has a fascinating history of medicinal uses and documentation, it is worth bearing in mind that much of the history of this plant's use as a medicinal remedy pre-dates homeopathy. Nevertheless, the homeopathic remedy valeriana officinalis is now widely available.

Homeopathic preparations are usually supplied in either liquid or pill form. Regardless of the physical form in which the remedy is taken, its preparation will have involved a series of dilutions during which the original substance was repeatedly diluted and succussed (shaken) in a solvent such as water and/or alcohol.

There are very many (over 2,000) homeopathic remedies, some of which are available from chemists and health food shops. These pages feature some of the most popular homeopathic remedies and are for general interest only: This is not medical advice. Consult a qualified homeopathic practitioner for advice about use of this and any other homeopathic remedy. Bear in mind that homeopathic remedies are very dilute; even if a homeopathic remedy is beneficial, the substance from which it is derived may be harmful.

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