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Medical News Today: Valerian root for insomnia and anxiety: Does it work?
Valerian root is considered to be safe and may be a gentler alternative to synthetic drugs for relief from anxiety and sleeplessness. Learn more. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

For Patients Who Can't Sleep, Could Valerian Help? For Patients Who Can't Sleep, Could Valerian Help?
Herbal infusions or'teas'containing valerian have been promoted to help with insomnia -- but is it safe and effective?Medscape Pharmacists (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 13, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Pharmacist Ask the Expert Source Type: news

The 6 Medications You Should Never Take When Driving
It’s a given that safe driving needs concentration, alertness and an ability to react in a coordinated and timely fashion. But what may not occur to you is that the medications you’re taking can seriously impact all of these things. And it’s not just prescription medications, but over-the-counter products as well. “While laws differ from state to state, you can be charged with a DUI if caught driving hazardously while taking prescription or OTC meds, even if your doctor wrote you that prescription,” adds C. Michael White, Pharm.D., FCP, FCCP, Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Pr...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Voodoo Medicine: Time To Stop
The world's most celebrated athlete standing on the podium in Rio in honor of receiving yet another gold medal has something important in common with your lazy uncle throwing back a cold one in his Barcalounger. Yes, swimming powerhouse Michael Phelps, purple-spotted from cupping therapy, and your slovenly relative with a beer gut both share a bond -- a weakness in succumbing to the allure of voodoo medicine. Modern-day snake oil salesmen hawking quick cures and TV doctors peddling the latest diet miracle with blatantly ridiculous claims are everywhere on the tube, social media, the supermarket and old-fashioned billboards...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 12, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

[Report] Sex-specific responses to climate change in plants alter population sex ratio and performance
Males and females are ecologically distinct in many species, but whether responses to climate change are sex-specific is unknown. We document sex-specific responses to climate change in the plant Valeriana edulis (valerian) over four decades and across its 1800-meter elevation range. Increased elevation was associated with increased water availability and female frequency, likely owing to sex-specific water use efficiency and survival. Recent aridification caused male frequency to move upslope at 175 meters per decade, a rate of trait shift outpacing reported species’ range shifts by an order of magnitude. This incre...
Source: ScienceNOW - June 30, 2016 Category: Science Authors: William K. Petry Source Type: news

[Perspective] How climate change affects plants' sex lives
Climate change affects wild plant species across their geographical ranges. Studies at the margins of species' ranges reveal upslope expansion, low-elevation range contraction, and, in some cases, a lack of geographic response to climate change (1). However, all populations, including those in the core of species' ranges, are subject to climate-driven natural selection that promotes adaptation to a warmer world (2). Theoretical models show that coupled spatial and temporal responses of populations can mediate the negative effects of climate change (3, 4), but it remains unclear whether these processes can occur fast enough...
Source: ScienceNOW - June 30, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Julie R. Etterson Tags: Ecology Source Type: news

Climate change's effect on Rocky Mountain plant is driven by sex
For the valerian plant, higher elevations in the Colorado Rocky Mountains are becoming much more co-ed. And the primary reason appears to be climate change. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 30, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Climate change's effect on Rocky Mountain plant is driven by sex
(University of California - Irvine) For the valerian plant, higher elevations in the Colorado Rocky Mountains are becoming much more co-ed. And the primary reason appears to be climate change. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 30, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

What If It Is Not Your Sleep? Exploring Other Causes Of Daytime Fatigue
By Brandon R. Peters, MD When sleep is not refreshing, the feelings of tiredness and fatigue can undermine your daytime function. Beyond common sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia, what are some of the reasons for feeling tired? Explore some of these potential causes, ranging from medications to diet and exercise, and try to discover what you can do to feel better. Understanding the Role of Sleep Disorders First, it is important to recognize that there is a difference between sleepiness and fatigue. Sleepiness is the strong desire for sleep that often immediately precedes falling asleep. It is some...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Effects of valerian on subjective sedation, field sobriety testing and driving simulator performance - Thomas K, Canedo J, Perry PJ, Doroudgar S, Lopes I, Chuang HM, Bohnert K.
INTRODUCTION: The availability of herbal medicines over-the-counter (OTC) has increased the use of natural products for self-treatment. Valerian has been used to effectively treat generalized anxiety disorder and insomnia. Studies suggest that valerenic ac... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Follow the poodle? Alternatives to prescription sleep medications
A contemporary author once wrote, “The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4 a.m. knows all my secrets.” If you haven’t been sleeping well for a while, this quote might feel like your new reality. You might even find yourself tempted by the happy poodles and free-floating butterflies on TV imploring you to ask your doctor about their new drugs for insomnia. But, before answering their siren call, you pause. You notice the side effects are rattled off rapidly and are difficult to understand. You are worried about being “hooked” on them forever. You ask yourself, is there another way to ge...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - February 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Stuart Quan, MD Tags: Anxiety and Depression Behavioral Health Complementary and alternative medicine Drugs and Supplements Sleep Source Type: news

Valerian: A safe and effective herbal sleep aid?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - March 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Great Herb Heist
For a long time, I’ve been warning you that the big box stores are being less than honest with you when it comes to supplements. In fact, it appears they want to rip you off. Investigators in New York State have discovered that the merchandising giants, riding high on the health-and-wellness wave, have been overcharging customers for cut-rate herbs, vitamins, minerals and other supplements. You may have read about it or heard it on the news. But it’s even worse than I previously thought. I started out warning you to stay away from synthetic multi-vitamins that require 400 times the recommended dose to do you an...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - March 11, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Nutrition diet FDA herbs nutrients omega-3s supplements vitamins Source Type: news

Portland law firm takes on dietary supplement 'scams'
The Portland law firm Stoll Berne wants to hear from consumers who believe they've been scammed by herbal supplement makers, as precursor to a possible class action lawsuit. The firm is soliciting comments, as a precursor to a possible class action lawsuit over false marketing. The supplements in question include Ginkgo Biloba from Walmart, Echinacea from Walgreens, St. John's Wort from GNC and Valerian Root from Target, among many other store-branded products. The New York State Attorney General's… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 19, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

From A to Z, A Nerd's Guide To Herbal Tea
Stop right there: Before you reach for yet another cup of joe, consider the benefits of a nice cup of herbal tea. While it’s not quite tea by the proper definition -- traditional black, white and green teas are all derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, while herbal teas, or tisane, can be brewed with a wide variety of herbs and spices -- going herbal will add new flavor to your life. You can reap benefits for both your mind and your body by engaging in the centuries-old tradition of tea drinking. Since the world of herbal tea is so vast, we’ve partnered with Traditional Medicinals to put together an A-to-Z...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vitamins: stop taking the pills
This article was corrected on 7 June 2013. During editing, a line in the fifth from last paragraph, beginning 'Another example is St John's wort…' was accidentally transposed, leading to the suggestion that serotonin was a medicine rather than a brain chemical.Alternative medicineHealth & wellbeingHealthCancerCancerMedical researchPharmaceuticals industryDepressionguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds     (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 7, 2013 Category: Science Tags: The Guardian Depression Pharmaceuticals industry Health Medical research & wellbeing Society Extracts Features Cancer Life and style Alternative medicine Science Source Type: news

Natural Sleep Aids
Herbal remedies have been used to treat various health problems for thousands of years. One of the most common uses of herbs has been to relieve insomnia. Unfortunately, little scientific evidence is available regarding the safety and efficacy of herbal treatments for insomnia. The major herbals used include chamomile, valerian and lavender. read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - May 6, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John Cline, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Sleep anxiety medications behavioral strategies emergency department visits health services administration herbal preparations herbal treatments herbs and supplements insomnia insomnia medications insomnia treatment medical Source Type: news