by Bob McCauley, ND
The advantage of combining a concentrated herb such as Valerian with a complete food such as Chlorella is that the protein allows the body to absorb and utilize the herb much more safely and effectively.
As Valerian root ages, it produces a substance known as isovaleric acid. This compound and another acid known as valerenic acid are significant active ingredients that are present in the volatile oils found in Valerian root. These volatile oils are thought to be responsible for Valerian root’s ability to relax the central nervous system and promote a good night’s sleep.
Double blind studies have shown that Valerian root can decrease the amount of time it takes for people with mild insomnia to fall asleep.
Isovaleric acid is also used to treat anxiety disorders and counteract stress. It has a sedative effect that helps to relax the central nervous system and provide a feeling of relaxation, grounding and calmness.
Isovaleric acid as a remedy for tension headaches and muscular pain because of its ability to act as a muscle relaxant. It is also known to improve menstrual flow and cramps, and as an aid with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Isovaleric acid is excellent for use against palpitations, neuralgia, vertigo, sciatica, chronic skin diseases and muscle spasms.
Valerian Root is a “natural valium” that acts as a mild tranquilizer by calming the nerves. Isovaleric acid improves circulation and reduces mucus from colds.