? Valerian works in much the same way as the popular pharmaceutical drugs like Xanax and valium by increasing GABA levels within the brain but what valerian offers is natural and not addictive.
Valium, also known Diazepam is the famous prescription medicine used in the treatment of short-term anxiety and one of the most prescribed drugs out there.
While Valium is meant to reduce anxiety, tremors and even seizures, it also has the ability to remove important qualities of life and bring more sadness and anger. It has a long list of known side effects including:
Loss of interest or pleasure, outbursts of anger, feeling sad or empty, restlessness, seizures (which is ironic considering its supposed to help this), trouble concentrating, trouble sleeping, trouble speaking and nevermind all the physical side effects such as stomach ailments, bladder irritations or liver damage.
Valerian root has been used for centuries for insomnia, anxiety, restlessness for its mild sedative properties.
It contains a chemical compound called linarin which has sedative effects. Valerian root extract causes sedation because it increases the level of GABA in the brain.
GABA is a neurotransmitter in the nervous system. In large doses, it can exert a strong sedative effect and calm both the mind and body.
Valerian is great for adults and children and helps aid conditions of restlessness, headaches, tension, pain, irritability, convulsions, and muscle spasms, promotes relaxation and calms nervous system troubles.
It is also used in many OTC medications, proving its effectiveness, safety and non-addictive properties.
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