Valeriana Officinalis in homeopathy: properties, benefits and uses (all you need to know)

What is Valeriana officinalis?

The homeopathic remedy Valeriana officinalis (Valerian) is a versatile remedy that is used primarily to treat nervous and debilitated health conditions.

It is used for sleep disorders, moodiness, nerve pain, back pain and psychosomatic circulatory and digestive symptoms.

Leading symptoms

  • Stress-related bloating
  • irritability
  • Earache from cold and draft
  • Vomiting of clumped, curdled milk in nursing infants
  • Pain in heels when sitting
  • Tearing pains with a feeling of heaviness and twitching

Information about the agent

How do you recognize patients who need Valeriana officinalis?

Hysterical states of mind are characteristic of Valeriana. One is anxious, anxious, on constant alert, afraid of darkness and loneliness. Striking is a pronounced imagination that can lead to hallucinations; one often feels lifted off the ground.

Valeriana people show great intellect, act rationally in principle. Feelings change from one moment to the next, one falls from one extreme to another; exuberant merriment turns into boundless anger or deepest sadness. When the heat rises, you still feel cold inside. There is a lack of inner balance. Physical complaints occur in leaps and bounds and are described as jerky, tearing and stabbing. Exposure to the sun causes severe headaches that lead to an icy cold in the head.

Patients react to negative experiences or the pressure of expectations with palpitations, nervous vomiting, diarrhea or dry gagging with copious salivation. Food is vomited undigested, smells like rotten eggs. You have ravenous hunger, you feel miserable. The tongue appears covered with dirt, as do the lips. It tastes like oily fat. Lancinating pain shoots out of nowhere into the left side of the face, radiating to the jaw and ears, accompanied by nervous muscle twitching.

Falling asleep and staying asleep is considerably disturbed, one tends to have calf and thigh cramps and muscle twitching at night, has fits of suffocation, cannot lie still, feels sudden itching. The complaints mostly appear on the left side. Flashes of light appear in front of the eyes in the dark.


Valeriana officinalis is indicated for all the typical symptoms that are ameliorated or aggravated by the following modalities:


  • Movement
  • occupation
  • Rub


  • in the evening
  • quiet
  • standing or sitting
  • when waking up

What are typical areas of application for Valeriana officinalis?

  • stomach cramps
  • leg cramps
  • nervousness
  • rheumatism
  • sleep disorders

Areas of application in detail


Calf cramps at night, relieved by walking around.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

Gastrointestinal complaints

Nervous stomach cramps with ravenous hunger and heartburn. Flatulence and diarrhea with an unpleasant smell.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6


General feeling of weakness and great irritability, hypersensitivity to external stimuli. Throat feels constricted, dry gag reflex occurs. It can lead to weakness-related fainting spells and intermittent headaches. The limbs twitch nervously as if they were being electrocuted. Tics in corners of eyes and mouth. The face hurts badly.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6


Heels and Achilles tendons hurt, the lower back is stiff, it tears in the lower back when moving after rest.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

Sleep disorders

You can’t fall asleep despite being very tired, you’re restless, you have to wander around.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

Dosage forms of Valeriana officinalis

You use low potencies, give the mother tincture or globules in D2, injections from D4.

Typical potencies: D2 to D4

fabric type: medicinal plant


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