Please note, this OEL/ADE monograph also applies to the additional CAS RN 8008-88-6. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), a member of the Valerianaceae family (now considered to be a member of the Caprifoliaceae family), is a perennial plant native to Europe and Asia and naturalized in North America. It has a distinctive odor that many find unpleasant. Other names include setwall (English), Valerianae radix (Latin), Baldrianwurzel (German), and phu (Greek). The genus Valeriana includes over 250 species, but V. officinalis is the species most often used in the United States and Europe. Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Its therapeutic uses were described by Hippocrates, and in the 2nd century, Galen prescribed valerian for insomnia. In the 16th century, it was used to treat nervousness, trembling, headaches, and heart palpitations. In the mid-19th century, valerian was considered to be a stimulant that caused some of the same complaints it was thought to treat and was generally held in low esteem as a medicinal herb. During World War II, it was used in England to relieve the stress of air raids. In addition to sleep disorders, valerian has been used for gastrointestinal (GI) spasms and distress, epileptic seizures, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, scientific evidence is not sufficient to support the use of valerian for these conditions.
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