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Valerian for Stage Fright

Q. You have had several questions about stage fright, so I’d like to share my experience. I am a professional singer and my daughter gives public presentations as part of her job.

We both swear by valerian! It does the trick for nerves if you take it 15 minutes prior to performing or speaking.

A. Valerian has traditionally been used, alone or with lemon balm, to ease anxiety or even help fight insomnia. A laboratory study suggested that these herbs can help overcome anxiety (Phytotherapy Research, Feb., 2006). Valerian has also been used for digestive problems and menstrual cramps, though it is not often used for those purposes now. There is more information on valerian and other herbs in the Herb Library at PeoplesPharmacy.com.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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