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April 7, 2003 | Shari Roan
Valerian has a long and storied history. It was used by the ancient Greeks as a diuretic and in World War I was given to soldiers suffering shell shock to calm their frayed nerves. The roots of the plant have clear medicinal value, especially as a sleep aid and a mild tranquilizer, but the herb's risks and benefits have yet to be clarified by large-scale studies. * Uses: Mostly to treat insomnia, improve sleep and relieve anxiety.
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March 11, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Relaxation drinks aren't nearly as popular as energy drinks, but they're coming on strong, according to manufacturers showcasing their wares at the Natural Products Expo Friday in Anaheim. Energy drinks are hugely popular. But some have gotten a bad rap for potential side effects, especially in children and young adults, such as anxiety, heart palpitations and high blood pressure. That has opened the door to relaxation drinks, some of which may trigger their own set of health problems.
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NEWS
March 11, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Relaxation drinks aren't nearly as popular as energy drinks, but they're coming on strong, according to manufacturers showcasing their wares at the Natural Products Expo Friday in Anaheim. Energy drinks are hugely popular. But some have gotten a bad rap for potential side effects, especially in children and young adults, such as anxiety, heart palpitations and high blood pressure. That has opened the door to relaxation drinks, some of which may trigger their own set of health problems.
HEALTH
April 19, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
I have suffered from insomnia for many years. My doctor prescribed Ambien , but it doesn't seem to be working very well anymore. I also suspect that it affected my memory. Now the doctor is suggesting the antidepressant amitriptyline (Elavil) . The side effects I have read about make me nervous. Is there any herb or home remedy that might help me get some sleep? Amitriptyline is an old-fashioned (tricyclic) antidepressant. Some people experience a morning hangover effect that leaves them drowsy and disoriented.
HEALTH
June 12, 2006 | Marc Siegel, Special to The Times
"The Sopranos," season finale, HBO, June 4. The premise CHRISTOPHER Moltisanti's (Michael Imperioli) new girlfriend is Julianna (Julianna Margulies), formerly involved with Tony Soprano. Christopher and Julianna meet at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, which they attend because of drug addiction. During one of their trysts, Julianna is suffering from a bad cold, and Christopher suggests Robitussin with dextromethorphan.
NEWS
June 14, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Valerian S. Rybar, whose work for the wealthiest families in the world gave him a reputation as the world's most expensive interior designer, has died of prostate cancer. Rybar was 71 when he died Saturday at his Manhattan home, said his partner, Jean-Francois Daigre. At his death, Rybar had established an international reputation as the creator of opulent rooms and extravagant party designs.
NEWS
January 29, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Archbishop Valerian Trifa, head of the Michigan-based Romanian Orthodox Church before he was deported from the United States in 1984 for concealing his wartime links to the Nazis, died Wednesday after a heart attack, authorities said. He was 72. Trifa was head of the 35,000-member Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of North America when he was stripped of his U.S. citizenship and deported for lying about his role as a leader of the Nazi Iron Guard in Romania. The U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Soviet diplomat Valerian A. Zorin, who scoffed at U.S. charges that his country had installed offensive missiles in Cuba, died on his 84th birthday, the Communist Party newspaper Pravda said. Pravda said Zorin died Jan. 14, but gave no cause of death in its weekend report. Zorin had been removed from key positions in 1971 and held the post of ambassador-at-large at his death.
HEALTH
December 22, 1997 | MARCIDA DODSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bottles and boxes fill an entire aisle, offering all-natural relief from a cornucopia of ailments: memory loss, insomnia, hay fever, enlarged prostate, menstrual cramps, depression, back pain, headaches. The products--ginkgo biloba, valerian, red clover, saw palmetto, feverfew, St. John's wort, milk thistle, cat's claw, echinacea--used to be found only in a botanist's guide or a health-food store.
HEALTH
April 19, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
I have suffered from insomnia for many years. My doctor prescribed Ambien , but it doesn't seem to be working very well anymore. I also suspect that it affected my memory. Now the doctor is suggesting the antidepressant amitriptyline (Elavil) . The side effects I have read about make me nervous. Is there any herb or home remedy that might help me get some sleep? Amitriptyline is an old-fashioned (tricyclic) antidepressant. Some people experience a morning hangover effect that leaves them drowsy and disoriented.
HEALTH
June 12, 2006 | Marc Siegel, Special to The Times
"The Sopranos," season finale, HBO, June 4. The premise CHRISTOPHER Moltisanti's (Michael Imperioli) new girlfriend is Julianna (Julianna Margulies), formerly involved with Tony Soprano. Christopher and Julianna meet at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, which they attend because of drug addiction. During one of their trysts, Julianna is suffering from a bad cold, and Christopher suggests Robitussin with dextromethorphan.
HEALTH
April 7, 2003 | Shari Roan
Valerian has a long and storied history. It was used by the ancient Greeks as a diuretic and in World War I was given to soldiers suffering shell shock to calm their frayed nerves. The roots of the plant have clear medicinal value, especially as a sleep aid and a mild tranquilizer, but the herb's risks and benefits have yet to be clarified by large-scale studies. * Uses: Mostly to treat insomnia, improve sleep and relieve anxiety.
HEALTH
December 22, 1997 | MARCIDA DODSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bottles and boxes fill an entire aisle, offering all-natural relief from a cornucopia of ailments: memory loss, insomnia, hay fever, enlarged prostate, menstrual cramps, depression, back pain, headaches. The products--ginkgo biloba, valerian, red clover, saw palmetto, feverfew, St. John's wort, milk thistle, cat's claw, echinacea--used to be found only in a botanist's guide or a health-food store.
NEWS
June 14, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Valerian S. Rybar, whose work for the wealthiest families in the world gave him a reputation as the world's most expensive interior designer, has died of prostate cancer. Rybar was 71 when he died Saturday at his Manhattan home, said his partner, Jean-Francois Daigre. At his death, Rybar had established an international reputation as the creator of opulent rooms and extravagant party designs.
NEWS
January 29, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Archbishop Valerian Trifa, head of the Michigan-based Romanian Orthodox Church before he was deported from the United States in 1984 for concealing his wartime links to the Nazis, died Wednesday after a heart attack, authorities said. He was 72. Trifa was head of the 35,000-member Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of North America when he was stripped of his U.S. citizenship and deported for lying about his role as a leader of the Nazi Iron Guard in Romania. The U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Soviet diplomat Valerian A. Zorin, who scoffed at U.S. charges that his country had installed offensive missiles in Cuba, died on his 84th birthday, the Communist Party newspaper Pravda said. Pravda said Zorin died Jan. 14, but gave no cause of death in its weekend report. Zorin had been removed from key positions in 1971 and held the post of ambassador-at-large at his death.
NEWS
July 3, 1986 | Associated Press
The Soviet Union and the West today blamed one another for the impasse in talks to reduce NATO and Warsaw Pact troops in Europe as the negotiations broke for the summer. Soviet chief delegate Valerian Mikhailov told reporters that the West had hardened its stance since 1980 instead of moving toward compromise.
BUSINESS
December 29, 2009 | By Jerry Hirsch
In Los Angeles, where medical marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks and McDonald's restaurants combined, a mood-altering beverage with a cannabis-oriented marketing campaign is gaining traction. Southern California has become the bestselling market for Mary Jane's Relaxing Soda, a sugary drink laced with kava, a South Pacific root purported to have sedative properties. Matt Moody, a Denver nutritional supplement developer who created the beverage, said the name is an unabashed reference to weed, though the relaxant compounds in kava are chemically unrelated to those in marijuana.
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