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Valerian is a spicy, bitter herb with sedative properties used to calm the central nervous system, making it useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, and stress. Take valerian in tea, tincture, or capsules about thirty minutes before bedtime to help you fall asleep easily.
(Source: Pain-Free Arthritis: A 7-Step Program for Feeling Better Again, by Harris H. McIlwain, M.D., and Debra Fulghum Bruce, M.S. Published by Owl Books and available at http://www.pain-free-arthritis.com.)