As we've said before, the scientific community is split when it comes to declaring whether valerian cures insomnia. Over time, this may change as new research is undetaken. Until then, nobody really knows how effective the herb is when it comes to overcoming your sleep deprivation.
One recent study however, gives valerian the thumbs up for menopausal women. Researchers in Iran gave 50 menopausal insomniacs two valerian tablets every day for a month. Another 50 were given two placebo tablets every day for a month.
At the end of the study, the researchers found that 30% of women given the valerian tablets saw an improvement in the quality of their sleep. Only 4% of the women given the placebo reported improved sleep.
Just remember, this is only a small study and it looked solely at the effects of valerian over the course of a single month for menopausal women. That being said, it's always encouraging seeing more studies looking at the effects of valerian.
Our favorite alternative to valerian for insomnia related to menopause is MellowPause - a 100% safe, non-addictive natural herbal formula that helps to maintain healthy sleep patterns.
Last updated: June 26, 2012