April 17th, 2013

Can a Root Get to the Problem of Insomnia?

By Logan Lafferty

The Ache: Nearly half of Americans have at least occasional insomnia, according to the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation. The Claim: A natural sedative called valerian root can help…But even though the overall scores showed no difference, the patients taking valerian did show improvement on several narrower measures. "When we dug a little deeper and looked at specific questions, valerian did help people sleep more hours at night and [go to] sleep a little faster," says study co-author Debra L. Barton, an associate professor of oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Another questionnaire found valerian reduced fatigue, which is a common problem among cancer patients.

 

Wall Street Journal by Laura Johannes

Tags: Debra L. Barton, fatigue, insomnia, Mayo Clinic Rochester, National Sleep Foundation, Research, valerian root, Wall Street Journal

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