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RESTFUL SLEEP*



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Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) has a relaxing effect on the nervous system, promotes relaxation in individuals leading a hectic lifestyle, and helps support restful sleep*. Guaranteed to contain 0.1% Valerenic Acids.
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplement Facts

Take 3 capsules one hour before bedtime. For intensive use consult your healthcare professional.

Serving Size 3 Capsules
Servings Per Container 33
Amount Per Serving % DV
Calories 5.00
Total Carbohydrate 1.00 g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.00 g 2%
Calcium 60.00 mg 6%
Valerian (root) 1.59 g **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Gelatin (capsule), Magnesium Stearate

Warning: Freshness & safety sealed with printed outer shrinkwrap and printed inner seal. Do not use if either seal is broken or missing. Keep out of reach of children.

If difficulty sleeping persists for more than 2 weeks consult a healthcare professional. Insomnia may be a symptom of a serious underlying medical condition. Consult a healthcare professional before use if you are pregnant, nursing, taking sedatives or tranquilizers. Avoid alcohol and do not drive or operate machinery.

Nature's Way Products, Inc.
Springville, Utah 84663 USA

Health Notes

Valerian

Valerian
This nutrient has been used in connection with the following health goals
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Insomnia
Dose: 300 to 600 mg of a concentrated root extract 30 minutes before bedtime
Valerian may help you fall asleep faster and enjoy deeper sleep quality.(more)
Anxiety
Dose: 100 to 200 mg valerian and 45 to 90 mg passion flower three times a day
A combination of passion flower and valerian has been shown to reduce symptoms in people suffering from anxiety.(more)
Anxiety
Dose: 100 to 200 mg valerian and 45 to 90 mg passion flower three times a day
A combination of passion flower and valerian has been shown to reduce symptoms in people suffering from anxiety.(more)
Pain
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Valerian has been historically used to relieve pain.(more)
Insomnia
Dose: 300 to 600 mg of a concentrated root extract 30 minutes before bedtime

Herbal remedies have been used safely for centuries for insomnia. In modern herbal medicine, the leading herb for insomnia is valerian.1 Valerian root makes getting to sleep easier and increases deep sleep and dreaming. Valerian does not cause a morning "hangover," a side effect common to prescription sleep drugs in some people.2, 3, 4 A double-blind trial found that valerian extract (600 mg 30 minutes before bedtime for 28 days) is comparable in efficacy to oxazepam (Serax), a commonly prescribed drug for insomnia.5 In a separate double-blind trial, the same amount of valerian extract was found to improve subjective assessments of sleep quality and certain aspects of brain function during sleep as well.6 A concentrated (4-5:1) valerian root supplement in the amount of 300-600 mg can be taken 30 minutes before bedtime. Alternately, 2 to 3 grams of the dried root in a capsule or 5 ml tincture can be taken 30 minutes before bedtime.

A combination of valerian and lemon balm has been tested for improving sleep. A small preliminary trial compared the effect of valerian root extract (320 mg at bedtime) and an extract of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) with that of the sleeping drug triazolam (Halcion).7 The effectiveness of the herbal combination was similar to that of Halcion, but only the Halcion group felt hung over and had trouble concentrating the next day. A double-blind trial found that a combination of valerian and lemon balm, taken over a two-week period, was effective in improving quality of sleep.8

Another double-blind trial found a combination of 360 mg valerian and 240 mg lemon balm taken before bed improved reported sleep quality in one-third of the participants.9

Combining valerian root with other mildly sedating herbs is common both in Europe and the United States. Chamomile, hops, passion flower, lemon balm, American scullcap, and catnip are commonly recommended by doctors.10 These herbs can also be used alone as mild sedatives for those suffering from insomnia or nervous exhaustion. Chamomile is a particularly good choice for younger children whose insomnia may be related to gastrointestinal upset. Hops and lemon balm are approved by the German government for relieving sleep disturbances.11 In a double-blind trial, the combination of valerian root and hops was significantly more effective than valerian root alone for treating insomnia.12

References

1. Taavoni S, Ekbatani N, Kashaniyan M, Haghani H. Effect of valerian on sleep quality in postmenopausal women: a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial. Menopause 2011;18:951-955.

2. Leathwood PD, Chauffard F. Aqueous extract of valerian reduces latency to fall asleep in man. Planta Med 1985;51:144-8.

3. Leathwood PD, Chauffard F, Heck E, Munoz-Box R. Aqueous extract of valerian root (Valeriana officinalis L.) improves sleep quality in man. Pharmacol Biochem Behav 1982;17:65-71.

4. Taavoni S, Ekbatani N, Kashaniyan M, Haghani H. Effect of valerian on sleep quality in postmenopausal women: a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial. Menopause 2011;18:951-955

5. Dorn M. Valerian versus oxazepam: efficacy and tolerability in non-organic and non-psychiatric insomniacs: a randomized, double-blind, clinical, comparative study. Forsch KomplementarmedKlass Naturheilkd 2000;7:79-84 [in German].

6. Donath F, Quispe S, Diefenbach K, et al. Critical evaluation of the effect of valerian extract on sleep structure and sleep quality. Pharmacopsychiatry 2000;33:47-53.

7. Dressing H, Riemann D, Low H, et al. Insomnia: Are valerian/balm combination of equal value to benzodiazepine? Therapiewoche 1992;42:726-36 [in German].

8. Dressing H, Kohler S, Muller WE. Improvement of sleep quality with a high-dose valerian/lemon balm preparation: A placebo-controlled double-blind study. Psychopharmakotherapie 1996;6:32-40.

9. Cerny A, Schmid K. Tolerability and efficacy of valerian/lemon balm in healthy volunteers (a double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre study). Fitoterapia 1999;70:221-8.

10. Brown DJ. Herbal Prescriptions for Better Health. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, 1996, 279.

11. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al. (eds). The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin: American Botanical Council and Boston: Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998, 147, 160-1.

12. Koetter U, Schrader E, Kaufeler R, Brattstrom A. A randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled, prospective clinical study to demonstrate clinical efficacy of a fixed valerian hops extract combination (Ze 91019) in patients suffering from non-organic sleep disorder. Phytother Res 2007;21:847-51.

Anxiety
Dose: 100 to 200 mg valerian and 45 to 90 mg passion flower three times a day

Several plants, known as "nervines" (nerve tonics), are used in traditional herbal medicine for people with anxiety, with few reports of toxicity. Most nervines have not been rigorously investigated by scientific means to confirm their efficacy. However, one study found that a combination of the nervines valerian and passion flower reduced symptoms in people suffering from anxiety.1 In a double-blind study, 45 drops per day of an extract of passion flower taken for four weeks was as effective as 30 mg per day of oxazepam (Serax), a medication used for anxiety.2

References

1. Brown D. Valerian root: Non-addictive alternative for insomnia and anxiety. Quart Rev Nat Med 1994;Fall:221-4 [review].

2. Akhondzadeh S, Naghavi HR, Vazirian M, et al. Passionflower in the treatment of generalized anxiety: a pilot double-blind randomized controlled trial with oxazepam. J Clin Pharm Ther 2001;26:363-7.

Anxiety
Dose: 100 to 200 mg valerian and 45 to 90 mg passion flower three times a day

Several plants, known as "nervines" (nerve tonics), are used in traditional herbal medicine for people with anxiety, with few reports of toxicity. Most nervines have not been rigorously investigated by scientific means to confirm their efficacy. However, one study found that a combination of the nervines valerian and passion flower reduced symptoms in people suffering from anxiety.1 In a double-blind study, 45 drops per day of an extract of passion flower taken for four weeks was as effective as 30 mg per day of oxazepam (Serax), a medication used for anxiety.2

References

1. Brown D. Valerian root: Non-addictive alternative for insomnia and anxiety. Quart Rev Nat Med 1994;Fall:221-4 [review].

2. Akhondzadeh S, Naghavi HR, Vazirian M, et al. Passionflower in the treatment of generalized anxiety: a pilot double-blind randomized controlled trial with oxazepam. J Clin Pharm Ther 2001;26:363-7.

Pain
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Other herbs that have been historically used to relieve pain (although there are no modern scientific studies yet available) include valerian, passion flower, American scullcap, Piscidia erythrina, and crampbark (Viburnum opulus).1

References

1. Murray MT. The Healing Power of Herbs. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, 1995.

Parts Used & Where Grown

Although valerian grows wild all over Europe, most of the valerian used for medicinal extracts is cultivated. The root is used in herbal medicine preparations.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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    4.0

    Does the job but hard to swallow

    By sybhg4

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    Pros

    • Effective

    Cons

    • Hard To Swallow
    • Tastes Bad

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    • Daily Use

    Comments about NATURES WAY Nature's Way® Valerian Root:

    Glad to have found this herb to help with my insomnia. Tried it for 5 nights. I took one capsule before bedtime with water the first 3 nights, but felt the capsule was not going down, very uncomfortable. So the last 2 nights, I opened the plastic capsule and took the herb with water in a spoon. The smell is not good, but I don't mind it because it really helps with my issue, it makes me feel relaxed and sleep through the night. I notice the plastic like capsule is very hard, not sure how long it will take to dissolve. So I will just take the herb out from now on. Also I only take one a night, not three as suggested. I might try another brand in the future

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    5.0

    Great Product!

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      Comments about NATURES WAY Nature's Way® Valerian Root:

      Take before you go to bed. Does' nt smell the best, but really has helped me sleep all night! Great natural product!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      works wonders

      By norgaardcountry

      from South Dakota

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      Comments about NATURES WAY Nature's Way® Valerian Root:

      I have restless legs & this herb is wonderful for controlling this. Also helps my husband get a full nights sleep, before would sleep 5 or 6 hrs. then could not go back to sleep. Does not have that problem anymore & he only takes 1 capsule before bed.

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      4.0

      Odor is overbearing

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      Comments about NATURES WAY Nature's Way® Valerian Root:

      Just wish the odor and taste was better, because the product does it's job.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Sleep great everytime

      By bcopen2003

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        Comments about NATURES WAY Nature's Way® Valerian Root:

        I will take 2-4 early in the evening. And rest assured, (no pun intended)I am in for very good night of sleep.

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        5.0

        Works Great!

        By andy_walsh7

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        • Easy to take
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        • Smells Bad

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        • At night before bed

        Comments about NATURES WAY Nature's Way® Valerian Root:

        I take one or two, depending on how tired I am, about an hour before bedtime. I have lots of trouble sleeping and many over the counter sleep aids dont work. This has a very calming effect and helps me fall asleep.

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        4.0

        I use this regularly.

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        I use to buy a different brand, but found this and it is cheaper and very effective.

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