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Valerian has many attributes in phytotherapy, the most widely known being its sedative effects. These are attributed to its relatively high content in gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which reduces neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system.
Valerian root has been valued for thousands of years to help induce sleep—Hippocrates was already mentioning its properties in the fourth century before the Common Era. Its mechanism of action seems to be through binding to GABAA receptors, which are related to excitation levels of the nervous system. Valerian root extract is known to contain not only gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), but also various alkaloids and flavanones.
DIRECTIONS OF USE:
Adults: Take 1 teaspoon one to three times daily or as directed by your health-care practitioner.
Contains no: Gluten, soy, wheat, corn, eggs, dairy, yeast, citrus, preservatives, artificial flavour or colour, or starch.
Cautions and warnings: Consult a health-care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen. Consumption with alcohol, other medications or natural health products with sedative properties is not recommended. Consult a health-care practitioner if sleeplessness persists continuously for more than 3 weeks (chronic insomnia).
Known adverse reactions: Some people may experience drowsiness. Exercise caution if operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle or involved in activities requiring mental alertness within 2 hours of consumption.
Do not use if seal is broken. Keep out of reach of children.