Why is it recommended that people prone to hypoglycemia avoid Valerian Root?

While doing research on Valerian Root I've found that most sites recommend against its use if you're prone to hypoglycemia… but I can't find any explanation as to why. Valerian Root is supposed to act as a mild sedative for sleep aid and I'd like to try it, but I am prone to hypoglycemia. Anybody have more information?

Written By Nurse007

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  • dr. T April 15, 2009, 12:08 pm

    Heya Timo – had to hit the herb monographs to double-check this one. I have never heard of links between hypoglycemia and valerian. I re-read the pharmacology and did a quick literature search…

    As far as I can see, valerian has no impact on glucose levels. I can't find any evidence that there's need for caution in people prone to hypoglycemia.

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