Valerian/lemon balm use for sleep disorders during menopause

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2013 Nov;19(4):193-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.07.002. Epub 2013 Sep 10.


The onset of Menopause in women is frequently associated with sleep disruption with hot flushes intensifying problems. Thus the use of supplementary drugs to ameliorate these symptoms is of significance.

Objectives: The purpose of this research was to determine whether valerian/lemon balm could assist by enhancing sleep patterns in this client group.

Methods: 100 women aged 50-60 years who complained of sleep disorders were studied. Subjects were selected randomly in a sampling method utilizing two groups of 50 people (intervention group with valerian/lemon balm and placebo group). The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) was administered pre and post-intervention.

Results: A significant difference was observed with reduced levels of sleep disorders amongst the experimental group when compared to the placebo group.

Conclusion: Valerian/lemon balm may assist in reducing symptoms of sleep disorder during the menopause.

Keywords: Menopause; Sleep disorder; Valerian.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Dietary Supplements
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Melissa*
  • Menopause*
  • Middle Aged
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Sleep / drug effects*
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Valerian*


  • Plant Extracts

Associated data

  • IRCT/IRCT201106