garden heliotrope

Definition / meaning of garden heliotrope

A plant whose roots are used as a sedative and to treat certain medical conditions. It is being studied as a way to improve sleep in cancer patients undergoing treatment. Also called garden valerian, Indian valerian, Mexican valerian, Pacific valerian, valerian, Valeriana officinalis, and Valerianae radix.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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