Valerian / Valere

Valeriana officinalis

Valerian Officinalis

Valerian is a known sedative.  Potentially valerian has anxiolytic properties also. The name comes from the Latin “valere”, to be strong, healthy. In 1882, B.S. Burton used an analogue of valerian to prevent seizures in laboratory experiments. This led to the development of valproic acid, now used to treat bipolar disorder.

Valproic Acid

Valproic acid increases a chemical called GABA, in the brain. GABA acts to slow neuronal firing, to help neurons relax, essentially. It is used to prevent seizures, stabilize mood, and prevent migraines. Its salt, sodium valproate, or valproate semisodium, is also used for these purposes.

 

Valerian and Valproic Acid have similar adverse side effects. The similar side effects include over-sedation, liver toxicity, and nausea. In pregnant women, valproic acid is associated with problems with the nervous system development and should not be used. Likely, thus, valerian root should not be used in pregnancy. Valerian is found in natural pharmacies, and is typically derived from the valerian root.

Valerian Root

Valproic acid should not be used for people with liver disease, urea cycle disorders, mitochondrial disorders, or if pregnant.  The half-life is nine to nineteen hours. For more information, see medscape.

An interesting fact about valerian, is that it attracts cats, rats, and slime mold. Slime mold re-aggregates via chemo-attraction after it has become many separate small cells, so it is interesting that valerian resembles its ability to reform one unified organism after splitting off into many different organisms.

 

Andrew Adamatzky from the University of West England, has used slime molds to solve geometric problems. However, he wanted to find something that would attract them faster than the traditional oats and honey. He found that they were most attracted to an over-the-counter herbal sleeping tablet he had found, and when he searched for the most attractive ingredient, it was valerian root.

Adamatzky has been working with slime molds for some time and has used them to solve computational problems. In his most recent work, he used the to solve a geometry problem of the concave hull. These results have been published on the Arxiv repository. However, it was during this experiment that he discovered the preferred attractive source for the .Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2011-06-slime-mold-pills.html#jCp
Adamatzky has been working with slime molds for some time and has used them to solve computational problems. In his most recent work, he used the to solve a geometry problem of the concave hull. These results have been published on the Arxiv repository. However, it was during this experiment that he discovered the preferred attractive source for the .Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2011-06-slime-mold-pills.html#jCp
Adamatzky has been working with slime molds for some time and has used them to solve computational problems. In his most recent work, he used the to solve a geometry problem of the concave hull. These results have been published on the Arxiv repository. However, it was during this experiment that he discovered the preferred attractive source for the .Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2011-06-slime-mold-pills.html#jCp
Adamatzky has been working with slime molds for some time and has used them to solve computational problems. In his most recent work, he used the to solve a geometry problem of the concave hull. These results have been published on the Arxiv repository. However, it was during this experiment that he discovered the preferred attractive source for the .Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2011-06-slime-mold-pills.html#jCp
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