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Valerian root tea and birth control pill
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newgirl2010 posted:
I have read that drinking concentrated valerian root tea can help ease anxiety as well as help with insomnia. But of course I found some websites that talk about its interaction with "the pill." I absolutely do not want to take anything to compromise the effectiveness of my BCP, but I also do not want to avoid a potentially very helpful herbal treatment. Any real research and validity to the claims of valerian root making BCP less effective? Thanks.
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fcl responded:
Well, if you consider WebMD to be a reliable source (and I do), you might be interested in what they say about valerian:

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-870-valerian.aspx?activeIngredientId=870&activeIngredientName=valerian

On the page about interactions there is no mention of the contraceptive pill.

I suspect that the people who wrote what you read on other websites had perhaps gotten St john's wort mixed up with valerian root ...


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