How can valerian benefit brain health?

    Last Updated: December 15, 2023

    Some studies have also shown that supplementation with valerian may have a positive impact on brain health.

    In one study, the use of valerian ethanol root extract (at a dose of 250 mg three times daily) resulted in a moderate improvement in symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).[1]. Additionally, the consumption of valerian dried root (at a dose of 530 mg taken 60 minutes before bedtime) appeared to enhance cognition in individuals undergoing hemodialysis.[2] Supplementation with the same dose of valerian root extract, taken twice daily for 8 weeks, appeared to prevent early cognitive dysfunction following coronary bypass surgery.[3]


    1. ^Pakseresht S, Boostani H, Sayyah MExtract of valerian root (Valeriana officinalis L.) vs. placebo in treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder: a randomized double-blind studyJ Complement Integr Med.(2011 Oct 11)
    2. ^Samaei A, Nobahar M, Hydarinia-Naieni Z, Ebrahimian AA, Tammadon MR, Ghorbani R, Vafaei AAEffect of valerian on cognitive disorders and electroencephalography in hemodialysis patients: a randomized, cross over, double-blind clinical trial.BMC Nephrol.(2018-Dec-27)
    3. ^Hassani S, Alipour A, Darvishi Khezri H, Firouzian A, Emami Zeydi A, Gholipour Baradari A, Ghafari R, Habibi WA, Tahmasebi H, Alipour F, Ebrahim Zadeh PCan Valeriana officinalis root extract prevent early postoperative cognitive dysfunction after CABG surgery? A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.Psychopharmacology (Berl).(2015-Mar)