Valerian Root, the secrets and hidden truths

In the current world we live in, doctors have a pill or some sort of medicine for anything you come to them with. One thing people are starting to do is turn to natural solutions to help with ailments instead of prescribed medications.
One natural alternative many people are getting tremendous use from is Valerian Root. Valerian Root is the root of the herb "Valerian" that is native to parts of Europe, Asia, and North America. The interesting thing is if you ask most traditional doctors what is Valerian Root and what is it used for, many cannot tell you. The reason why is because most doctors like internal and family practice doctors have studied and trained very little on the effectiveness of herbs.
So why are so many people interested in Valerian Root you may be asking? Well, there are a few main reasons why people take Valerian Root, consisting of:
1) Relaxation 
2) Stress Reduction 
4) Menopause Symptoms 
5) Reduction in Anxiety
These are just a few of the great benefits of Valerian Root but what is the best way to take Valerian Root you may be thinking? Well, the two main forms to take Valerian Root are capsule form or liquid form. When it comes to fast activation liquid form is the best. This form has a higher absorption rate and is easily digestible, but the capsule will not have a strong odor or smell that is usually connected with Valerian Root. 
Now Valerian Root does have its downside. For some people, they can get dry mouth, feel sluggish, headache and even have an upset stomach. According to WebMD, Valerian is likely safe for most people when used in medicinal amounts for the short term. But you should always check with your doctor before starting any herbal supplement especially if you are already taking any sort of medication.