Latin: Valeriana officinalis
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Xie Cao
An “anti-spasmodic and a stimulant and is of value in treating hysteria ... and whooping cough. Valerian is used … as a nerve tonic.” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))
An “anti-spasmodic.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")
“Valerian is one of the most useful relaxing nervines that is available to us.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).