TITLE

Practice Corner: Sleepless in Sydney -- Is valerian an effective alternative to benzodiazepines in the treatment of insomnia?

AUTHOR(S)
Trevena, Lyndal
PUB. DATE
July 2004
SOURCE
ACP Journal Club;Jul/Aug2004, Vol. 141 Issue 1, pA14
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses whether valerian an effective alternative to benzodiazepines in the treatment of insomnia. A further search with the "treatment" filter on PubMed Clinical Queries for trials from 1999 onwards found 3 more recent trials among people with mild insomnia. Four of the trials reported that valerian was more effective than placebo for improving sleep quality, and 1 trial suggested that the effects might be similar to those of oxazepam. Judging the best available evidence, it seems that valerian extract may be an effective treatment for mild insomnia compared with placebo and could have effects similar to those of oxazepam on sleep quality.
ACCESSION #
13916273

 

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