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Valeriana officinalis

Fighting off insomnia and spasmophilia with Valeriana officinalis

Valeriana officinalis is the scientific name of Valerian, a plant originally from North Asia and Europe that belongs to the Valerianaceae family. It bears pink or white flowers with umbel-shaped stalks. The plant’s roots are used to produce aliquid preparation called “mother tincture”. This homoeopathic process mainly consists of eliminating the stock’s toxicity and optimizing its therapeutic properties. In fact, Valeriana officinalis is a remedy indicated in the treatment of several types of pain and spasms as well as insomnia. For best results, the patient should not consume mint, coffee or tobacco during the treatment, and the remedy intake must take place outside of meals.


Valeriana officinalis has a sedative effect on patients who suffer from insomnia caused by chronic pain. This remedy is recommended for patients who are hypersensitive to pain and who are subject to frequent mood swings. It can also be administered as a sedative to patients under extreme stress who usually suffer from sleeping disorders, including insomnia or sleep myoclonus.


Valeriana officinalis acts on the nervous system. Its antispasmodic properties can help calm spasms that affect the gastrointestinal tract in case of stomach pain. Moreover, this remedy also relieves muscle spasms that affect the larynx of spasmophilic patients. Furthermore, treatment based on Valeriana officinalis reduces muscle myoclonia caused by spasmophilia.

Additional indications

Valeriana officinalis can be combined with anti-anxiety medication to treat back pain or sciatica caused by chronic anxiety or excessive excitement. Its sedative effects can help relieve lumbosacral pain that affects athletes who have trouble managing the pressure of competition.

Recommended dosage in case of insomnia

To treat insomnia, take drinkable drops of Valeriana officinalis 1 DH. One intake equals 20 drops of hydro-alcoholic solution, that need to be diluted in half a glass of water and taken three times a day. The first two intakes should be taken before lunch and in the evening before going to bed. Depending on the severity of the patient’s sleep disorder, treatment can last 1 to 3 months.

Recommended dosage in case of spasmodic pain

To take the homoeopathic granules, simply place let them dissolve under the tongue. However, it should be noted that a granule of Valeriana officinalis is made up of a mixture of lactose and sucrose. Treatment of spasmodic and chronic pain require the same 5-granule dose, to be taken twice a day. This daily intake is especially recommended in case of muscle and stomach spasms. The remedy’s dilution will depend on the level of pain and will vary between 4 CH and 5 CH. When Valeriana officinalis is taken as an antispasmodic, the treatment must last three months.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “Valeriana officinalis”

Associated treatments

  • Aconitum napellus
  • Argentum Nitricum
  • Arnica Montana
  • Cocculus Indicus
  • Coffea Cruda
  • Coffea Tosta
  • Cuprum Metallicum
  • Gelsemium Sempervirens
  • Ignatia Amara
  • Nux Vomica
  • Passiflora incarnata

Associated diseases

  • Cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Spasmophilia

Good to know: When the disease is of somatic origin, the remedy must be taken with another homoeopathic remedy. Combined with Passiflora incarnata, Valeriana officinalis is highly effective in treating insomnia and stress. Nevertheless, be very careful with this remedy since excessive consumption of Valeriana officinalis may cause a substance abuse problem.

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