Valarian and Restless Legs (RLS)
The Valerian plant, naturally found in Europe and northern Asia, typically grows wild in damp conditions. It is a perennial plant that can grow to a height of up to four feet and displays pink or white flower heads, which bloom in the summer months. Valerian flower extracts have been found useful as a perfume. Nonetheless, it is the root that has been found to be the most medicinally important component of the plant.
The Valerian root has been used medicinally for nearly 2,000 years, as a natural relaxant. Components of the root appear to increase the production of γ-amino-butyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter known to have the ability to calm the central nervous system: relaxing muscles, relieving insomnia, increasing the quality of sleep and reducing the time required to relax, and fall asleep.
Restless Legs (RLS) and Valerian Root Study
A recent study conducted by Norma G. Cuellar and Sarah Radcliffe, assistant professors at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, in Philadelphia, PA, demonstrated that when patients with Restless Legs (RLS) took daily doses of Valerian root for 8 weeks, they benefited from the relief of Restless Legs (RLS) symptoms as well as by lowering their level of daytime fatigue.
Results of Restless Legs (RLS) Study
These researchers concluded that Valerian root may be an important treatment component for the management of the symptoms of Restless Legs (RLS), providing an improved quality of life (Cuellar & Radcliffe (2009) Altern Ther Health Med. 15:22-28).
Calm Legs and Valerian
Clinical experience has shown that Valerian root has few, if any adverse events to be concerned with. Like all of the components, the favorable safety profile of Valerian root, coupled to its proven effectiveness in the treatment of the symptoms of Restless Legs (RLS), makes it an ideal addition to the CalmLegs® recipe.
Bradley Gillespie, PharmD
Health Expert, Restless Leg Sufferer
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