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Is Valerian Herb Infused In A Tea Safe To Be Taken?

I was about to drink some hot chamomile tea before going to bed - I noticed it has valerian added. I do not know anything about valerian ... is it safe, addictive, does it have side effects, am I better off just not using it? For that matter, is there anything I should be aware of regarding the chamomile?
Sat, 5 May 2018
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Hello,

1. Valerian [Tagar] is most commonly used for sleep disorders [insomnia] and also used to treat anxiety, stress, muscular cramps and spasms
Valerian has an action similar to benzodiazepines by increasing the amount of chemical called GABA which helps regulate nerve cells and has a calming effect on anxiety.

2. common side effects include a headache, upset stomach, dry mouth, excitation, strange dreams and daytime drowsiness and since Valerian does have a drug interaction with anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines, so one should not take them if taking Valerian as single or in compound form.

3. Since chamomile contains anticoagulant compounds called coumarin, thus should not be used with Aspirin, platelet inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,      
Dr. Munish Sood
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Is Valerian Herb Infused In A Tea Safe To Be Taken?

Hello, 1. Valerian [Tagar] is most commonly used for sleep disorders [insomnia] and also used to treat anxiety, stress, muscular cramps and spasms Valerian has an action similar to benzodiazepines by increasing the amount of chemical called GABA which helps regulate nerve cells and has a calming effect on anxiety. 2. common side effects include a headache, upset stomach, dry mouth, excitation, strange dreams and daytime drowsiness and since Valerian does have a drug interaction with anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines, so one should not take them if taking Valerian as single or in compound form. 3. Since chamomile contains anticoagulant compounds called coumarin, thus should not be used with Aspirin, platelet inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Munish Sood