Originally Posted by `tash
Thank-you for your reply!
The Valerian I've got is 'Valeriana officinalis extract equiv. to dry root (2g) 2000mg', so that's the extract right? I didn't know the actual plant can cause liver damage. Thanks for letting me know.
Yeah, it does have a horrible smell and taste. (If I don't swallow it quickly) But it doesn't bother me much. Today, I took 6g of it (3 capsules with 2g valerian), and I think it actually worked!
Today, is probably one of my memorable 'good days'. I felt calmer, in control, not much negative thoughts, but I did feel anxious from time to time. But I think I did OK.
Wow, that's so great to hear.
So roughly, how much grams did you take on the day you felt really confident? And it only lasted for 30 mins?
Also, do I need to take it everyday for it to start working? I was actually thinking to only take it when I will be in situations that would heighten my anxiety. It's pricey and I only have 30 capsules.
There's another brand that has 100 capsules, but each capsule is only 500mg. So it still works out to be the same.
If you are, what medication/supplement are you now using for your anxiety?
Ill go paragraph by paragraph.
Yes that is the valerian root you want. The FDA released a report that Valerian root may cause significant liver damage and because of this, its actually illegal in many European countries. However, since those laws have been passed, research has found that only the plant causes the liver damage. Companies that used to make valerian root thought that mixing the usually wasted plant part into the roots would be more cost effective. Thats why you have to be careful what kind you buy. Make sure it doesn't have the root.
The same things happened to me. It makes you feel more relaxed, and especially makes it easier for you to control your emotions.
One pill for my valerian stuff says 230mg Valerian root and 50mg Valerian root extract. Which means on the day I felt amazing i took 920mg of Valerian and 200mg of valerian root. Maybe the root is a lot more potent than the extract. Who knows. I would suggest you try upping the dose slowly until you get a desirable effect. Being in the state I was in was nice, but it was almost like being drunk, so I wouldnt suggest being high on the stuff all the time. But dont be afraid to experiment. Im not sure why it lasted only 30 minutes. When i took this, it was after a period of a few weeks when the valerian root kept getting less effective and shorter lasting each time I took it. Maybe my body developed a tolerance to it. Maybe my metabolism adapted and got rid of it faster. Maybe the brand I take isnt that great? I have no idea.
It is pretty expensive. If the steady decrease in effectiveness I experienced was indeed a tolerance, it probably wouldn't be cost efficient to take it every day. But again, don't be afraid to experiment. Take it for a week or so. If it gets less potent, stop taking it and only take it once in a while.
As far as other supplements go, I have tried Rhodiola rosea. There is only one thing this plant does, and it does it extremely well. It reduces the anxiety you get from stress. Have a big test you have tomorrow? You wont worry at all. Have to talk in front of a crowd tomorrow? u wont worry. Im not saying you wont feel nervous the next day when you're talking in front of those people, but it helps you get less worked up about stressful situations. Also, it increases mental (memory, thinking, etc) and physical performance. I have read VERY good things about magnesium and Vitamin B supplements. I suggest you try those too.
One thing I forgot to add. Valerian root is also used to treat anxiety if you have trouble falling asleep. I took 3 pills once before bed, and i had the most lucid dream i have ever had in my life. It was so real it was unbelievable. I can still picture it now in my head. Quite an experience haha.