Many individuals have used valerian root for opiate withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, and sore muscles. This anti-anxiety, muscle relaxant herb is often used in combination with other nutrients to help people reduce withdrawal symptoms from home while detoxing off opiates.
In my opinion, this herb by itself doesn’t offer much benefit to someone going through severe opiate withdrawal, however, when mixed with the right combination of natural opiate withdrawal remedies, valerian’s efficacy is significantly enhanced.
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Valerian Root Overview
Valerian is a perennial flowering plant that is native to Europe and parts of Asia, which has also been introduced to North America. Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome.
As a result of valerian’s historical use as a sedative, antiseptic, anticonvulsant, migraine treatment and pain reliever, most basic science research has been directed at the interaction of valerian constituents with the GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) neurotransmitter receptor system.
In the brain, valerian is thought to bind to GABA receptors. By blocking some nerve impulses from reaching the brain, the herb seems to shorten the amount of time it takes to fall asleep as well as improve the quality of sleep that results.
Note: Valerian is also believed to lessen anxiety, because in binding to GABA receptors, it also inhibits nerve impulses and stress-related messages from reaching the brain.
Pain Relief and Sedation
Since valerian root is so effective at reducing stress and tension naturally, this also translates to reduced muscle tension. In a study from 2005, researchers tested the antispasmodic effects of valerian root in animals. Valerian root extract significantly reduced the tension and spasming of digestive muscles in rabbits and guinea pigs.
When you use valerian root internally for muscle pains, the plant may work directly on the nervous system as a natural pain reliever or analgesic. In a study from 2010, researchers found that both the whole extract and the isolated essential oil of the plant had significant analgesic effects on rats. In addition, the essential oil of valerian root increased the effectiveness of aspirin.
To avoid excessive drowsiness or possibly other complications, don’t take valerian with:
- Muscle relaxants
- Narcotic pain relievers
- Prescription sleep medications
- Other drugs that make you sleepy (including certain antihistamines)
Never take valerian:
- With alcohol
- While pregnant
- While breastfeeding
List of Possible Side Effects
At recommended doses, valerian generally doesn’t produce side effects. Some individuals may experience drowsiness when taken at daytime.
Extremely large doses may cause:
- Blurry vision
How To Use Valerian Root For Opiate Withdrawal
If you’ve decided you want to use valerian root for opiate withdrawal symptoms, make sure you also take other opiate withdrawal remedies at the same time, otherwise, you won’t get the symptom relief you are looking for.
Use the following dosing guidelines when using valerian root for opiate withdrawal:
- Use high-quality supplements, such as Herb Pharm Certified Organic Valerian Root or Nature’s Way Valerian Root.
- Start with 400-450 mg or 1/2 teaspoon liquid extract and increase to 800-1,350 mg or 1-2 teaspoons liquid extract, if needed, before going to bed.
- During the day, start at a low dose of 400 mg per day, and see how drowsy the herb makes you feel.
- Gradually increase your intake to the recommended dose of 400-450 mg two or three times a day once you feel comfortable with the herb’s effect on your system.
- I HIGHLY RECOMMEND using this Opiate Withdrawal Supplement that contains valerian root in combination with other nutrients that have been shown to be helpful in reducing symptoms.
- If you can afford it, I also highly recommend taking this awesome supplement, because the benefits are just too good to pass up.
If you have any questions on using valerian root for opiate withdrawal, please feel free to post them in the comment box below.