The valerian root is phytoestrogenic herb and it is thought to increase the levels of estrogen:
Also, research shows that phytoestrogenic herbs are disrupting the endocrine system and thyroid function. Furthermore reducing the testosterone levels:
I gained weight while using valerian and my chiropractic doctor said that it seems to be because my body is producing more estrogen. So, I am wondering now if valerian could be the reason for that since I was using 1 gram every day for 2 years(to cope with anxiety). I did a research and found out about the statements above. So, I am worried now that if I continue it will result in detrimental consequences, from the prospective of testosterone and the endocrine system.
Now, actually I don’t want to stop using valerian root(I have stoped it temporarily until I find some answers), because it has tremendous benefits for me.
I just want to know if I should be concerned about the endocrine system, and the testosterone levels?