Valerian root dosage

March 4, 2013

Dosage of Valerian root will be according to various factors.  These include condition of the affected person, form of herb and the disease to be treated.  This herb is used to treat different medical conditions particularly anxiety and insomnia.  Though there is no scientific evidence to prove the efficiency of this herb in treating these conditions, its popularity is still increasing.  In reality, it is among the widely accepted herbs used in the treatment of the previously mentioned conditions.  Aside from that, valerian root can be used to treat digestive problems and migraine. This herb is used in different forms such as tablets, tea, capsules and tincture.  Even the quality of this herbal product can differ from one brand to another.  When it comes to the valerian dosage, very little research has been conducted until today. Regardless of its form and brand, all these factors make it difficult to determine the standardized dosage of valerian root.  Nevertheless, previous clinical studies recommend low doses for anxiety and sleep.

For Anxiety as well as Insomnia

  • In case of insomnia, valerian root should be taken at least an hour before going to bed. If it will not work effectively, you can take it a little earlier.
  •  For standardized extract, the dosage is approximately thirty to four hundred mg every day.
  • The dosage of crude valerian root can range from 2 to 10 grams a day based on the requirement.
  • If you are using tincture, the dose will be approximately one half to a teaspoon on a daily basis.
  • In case of tablets or capsules, the regular dosage is from 300 to 500 mg.
  • In case of insomnia, the recommended dosage is 1 to 2 cups of valerian tea each day.  The teapot should be covered when preparing valerian tea.  Doing so will not allow the volatile valerian root oils to dissipate.

The dosage of Valerian for anxiety may be decided based on the patient’s condition. Thus, there is no standard measure available. It is recommended that half the quantity of valerian root dosage prescribed for insomnia can be adequate for those suffering from depression and anxiety. At times, valerian root is used together with other herbs such as chamomile, skullcap or lemon balm for the treatment of anxiety.  It will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks for the results to occur.  Additionally, this duration can vary from one individual to another.  In many cases, the condition of the person is taken into consideration when determining the dosage. For children, the valerian dosage should only be decided by a qualified herbal practitioner.

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