Amazing Anti-Stress Herb

By Bob McCauley, CNC, MH

Valerian is an herb that has been cultivated and used for centuries for relaxation and to relieve stress.  The acids found in Valerian act on the brain in such a way as to provide it with the nutrients it requires to be balanced.  When the brain does not get sufficient amounts of the nutrients it requires the result is sometimes depression, bipolarism, schizophrenia and/or anxiety.

Other brain herbs are Ginkgo Biloba (ginkgolic acid), Goto Kola (asiaticocide acid) and bacopa (bacocide acid).  The brain’s primary nutrients are acids, especially those that come to us with fatty acids.

The root is used of the Valerian plant and the acids are extracted or concentrated.  As Valerian root ages, it produces a substance known as isovaleric acid. This compound and another acid known as valerenic acid are the active chemical ingredients that are present in the volatile oils (fats) that are found in Valerian root.  These fatty acids (volatile oils) are responsible for Valerian’s ability to relax the central nervous system and remove stress.  This, in turns, helps promote a good night’s sleep.

Valerian root has been used 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). Valerian can also help relieve palpitations, nerve pain, lower back pain, vision problems, other problems with the central nervous system and spinal cord, dizziness, chronic skin problems, muscle spasms. It improves circulation and reduces mucus from colds, relieves irritable bowel syndrome and lowers blood pressure.

It’s naturally calming effects have caused many to refer to Valerian Root as natural valium.  Valerian extract is available in capsule form.  It tastes absolutely awful (Bacopa and Ginkgo are much worse) and cannot be taken by itself in powder form unless you are willing to eat anything.  The best way to consume Valerian is to take it in tablet form by combining Valerian extract with a food such as Chlorella in a 9:1 ratio (90% Chlorella/10% Valerian.  This will with enhance its effects because the protein in Chlorella will help the body absorb the valerian more effectively.




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About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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One Response to Amazing Anti-Stress Herb

  1. islam says:

    thank for sharing i get valuable information about types of herb by this article.

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