Valeriana L

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The genus Valeriana L. belongs to Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle family), and includes approximately 250 perennial herbaceous species with malodorous root stalks, and grows in temperate areas around the world. These species have been used as mild sedatives and tranquilizers in traditional medicine in various cultures since ancient times. The rhizomes and roots are thought to induce sedation, promote sleep, and relieve depression and anxiety. Species of Valeriana are also used in the food, beverage, and cosmetic industries because of their unique flavor.


Park Y J, Arasu M V, Al-Dhabi N A, et al. Expression of terpenoid biosynthetic genes and accumulation of chemical constituents in Valeriana fauriei[J]. Molecules, 2016, 21(6): 691.