Valerian is a hardy perennial flowering plant with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers.
A valerian supplement is prepared from the root of the plant in the form of valerian root extract capsules, valerian tablets or valerian root tincture. It may be used in varying ways for its purported health benefits.
Valerian has been shown to possess sedative and anxiolytic properties and is used to treat Insomnia with few recorded side effects. It has also been shown to be effective for Anxiety conditions and for IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), where symptoms often seem to come on as a result of Stress.
Possible side effects of valerian include a headache, stomach upset or dizziness.