Studies suggest that valerian may be useful for treating insomnia. However, further research is needed to confirm that valerian is indeed effective and safe for use in treating insomnia and other health conditions. It is important to remember that valerian is classified as a dietary supplement, not a drug, and is, therefore, less strictly regulated than drugs.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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Jellin JM, editor. Pharmacist's Letter/Prescriber's Letter Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Available at: http://naturaldatabase.com/. Accessed January 10, 2008.
Office of Dietary Supplements. National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. National Institutes of Health. Questions and answers about valerian for insomnia and other sleep disorders (April 2006). NCCAM Web site. Available at: http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/factsheets/valerian.asp. Accessed January 10, 2008.
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