valerian effectively treats tension-type headaches

Valerian is best known as one of the best remedies for insomnia. But it may be an effective remedy for the most common type of headaches too.

Tension-type headaches make up 69% of all headaches. 88 people with tension-type headaches were given either a placebo or valerian for a month. The dose of valerian was 530mg of valerian root extract a day.

At the end of the month, scores on the Headache Impact Test were significantly lower in the valerian group. Scores on the Headache Disability Inventory were also significantly lower. The people taking valerian rated their headaches to be better than people in the placebo group.

This study shows that valerian is effective at treating the severity of tension-type headaches and the disability they cause.


 Avicenna J Phytomed. May-June 2020;10(3):297-304

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