Valeriana officinalis L

Nota de alcance


ACCIÓN FARMACOLÓGICA=PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION: antiespasmodica, sedante y digestiva

POSOLOGÍA=POSOLOGY: dosis recomendada, cuatro tazas al día


Nota de alcance (en)

The infusion of the root or bark is reported to be a calmative, nervine and sedative, and is used to treat headaches and high blood pressure (Martínez 1969).


At various times since ancient Greece, this herbal has been used as a diuretic, antidote to poisin, pain reliever, decongestant, and cure-all. Today it is used for its calming effect due to valepotriate compounds that are present, especially in the roots. As the roots dry, they develop an unpleasant odor that has been compared to the smell of carrion or dirty socks. The ancient Greek herbalist Dioscorides called the plant “phu,” and some believe he was referring to the smell. It was listed in the US Pharmacopeia and in the National Formulary until 1950, and it was used as a treatment for panic attacks, nervous tension, and insomnia. There is controversy over whether valerian is addictive, but it is advised that it should not be used for more than a few weeks at a time because toxicity, including paralysis, may develop. Valerian reportedly is the top selling sedative in Europe. Valerian plant is highly attractive to both cats and rats

Part used::
Roots, Rhizomes

Europe, Asia

Nota bibliográfica

1) Plantas que curan. Buenos Aires: Ediliba, 1987.

2) Nicholson Michael S. ; Arzhennithe, Charles . Economic Botany. vol. 47 . --p. 184-192 1993

3) Hull, Kathleen; Photog. Hull, Meredith /Indiana Medical History Museum: Guide to the Medicinal Plant Garden./ USA: Indiana Medical History Museum. 2010. -- p. 58.

Valeriana officinalis L
Término aceptado: 04-Jun-2015