Valeriana Officinalis

Scientific Names: Valeriana Officinalis L.
Synonyms:
English Name: Valerian
Other Names in English: All-heal
Family: Valerianaceae

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About Valerian

It is an herbaceous plant, perennial, tall and vertical. Its height is up to 2 meters. Its stem is cylindrical with deep and hairy grooves. Its leaves are reciprocated and divided into many leaflets. Each leaf has 7 to 11 and sometimes more leaflets. The leaflets are oval, pointed with a broad, serrated base. The pink flowers appear in groups at the end of the flowering stem in late spring. All parts of the plant, including the aerial parts and the roots, emit a pleasant odor that is very interesting and attractive to cats, and cats wander around the plant on the ground and feel pleasure. The roots of the plant are scattered attached to its underground stems and are intertwined, and it is this underground stem and plant root that is used as medicine in traditional medicine.

Wild and desert valerian is usually called small valerian, because if it is planted and cultivated, they get higher height and longer stems, but the medicinal properties of wild valerian root are more than cultivated valerian root, for this reason and because valerian grows in the wild enough and in abundance, planting this herb is not usual. Harvesting of valerian roots is often done in the spring before the stems grow. Usually, the roots are harvested from plants that are more than 3 years old. The underground stems of valerian, which are covered with small roots, are usually marketed in pieces with a length of 2 to 5 cm, the diameter of which is about one centimeter. The color of valerian root is dark brown after drying, its taste is bitter, fragrant, and aromatic. The interesting thing is that the underground stem and root of valerian that is just harvested have a little smell and aroma, but after drying, the aroma becomes much stronger.

Temperament: Warm and dry in second degree

Health Benefits

In China and Japan, soaking valerian root in water or its tincture (soaked in alcohol) is used as an antispasmodic, sedative, analgesic, and anti-stimulant, and in some cases as a fever reliever. In other parts of the Far East, valerian is used as a stimulant, carminative, and disinfectant, anti-anxiety, anti-epileptic, to treat chorea and to relieve nervous disorders associated with wartime disorders and urine intermittency.

In Indochina, it is used alone and by fumigation to relieve inflammation. According to the scholars of traditional Iranian medicine, valerian root relieves obstruction and congestion of the brain, stomach, liver, and strengthens the brain, stomach, cold liver, and can warm them, and brightens the complexion, strengthens sexual power, and premature ejaculation. Increases urination and is useful as emmenagogue. Crushes bladder stones. Useful for moist cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, suffocation, phlegm vomiting, bloating, ascites, jaundice, spleen pain, internal inflammation, and hemorrhoids. If eaten with absinth, it is appetizing and strengthens the stomach, and if eaten with cold water, it is beneficial for relieving confusion, suffocation, and bloating. If rubbed to the eyes with coriander juice, it is useful for relieving redness of the eyes, strengthening eyesight, growing eyelashes, and drying out moisture.

Chemical Constituents: volatile essential oils, glucoside, alkaloid, chatinine, valeriana, bornyl isovalerate, bornyl formate, bornyl acetate, bornyl butyrate, borneol, pinene, valerianine, valeric acid, formic acid, acetic acid, tannin, and a-methyl pyridyl ketone.

Harms: Kidney

Modifiers: Tragacanth

Dose: Up to 4.5 grams

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