Passion Flower

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Biological Name: Passiflora incarnatapassion flower

Family: Passifloraceae

Other Names: Maypop, Passion Flower

Elements Applied: Each plant’s part is applied in herbal medicine

Active Components:

  • Alkaloids; passaflorine, harmine, harmalol, harman, harmaline, and harmol.
  • Flavonoids; orientin, vitexen, apigenin and a wide range of glycosides, saponarin, homoorientin, saponaretin, isovitexin, rutin, kaempferol, quercitin, and luteolin.

Passion flower is rich in flavonoids which take responsibility for its relaxing capacity and beneficial effect on the nervous system. European herbalists commonly prescribe passion flower medications standardized to at least 0.8 percent of flavonoids. European herbal scriptures list it as a remedy for anxiety, for which aim it is usually mixed with lemon balm, valerian, and other herbal remedies of sedative character.

History: The plant has become popular in the USA since the nineteenth century. From that moment Passion flower has been applied to relieve anxiety and digestive spasms. Its action is primarily referred to the relaxing effect it poses on the nervous system. The action it takes is most beneficial for people with tremendous work load and psychological tension.

Used For: The herb is known to relieve nervous disorders, spasms and pains, as well as reduce arterial tension.

Passiflora produces a relaxing effect on the nervous system, simultaneously reducing the arterial tension, due to which fact it’s applied to treat nervous disorders, decrease arterial pressure, as well as treat tachycardia and sleeplessness. Flavonoids and alkaloids contained in it are stated to produce relaxing action on animals, according to several studies. Flavonoids, particularly apigenin, are widely known for their capacity to relieve spasms and inflammations. The plant is one of the most effective remedies for insomnia. It helps one fall asleep easily without producing any narcotic action on the body. The herb can be applied in any condition, associated with spasms, for instance, Parkinson’s disease, hysteria, and seizures. It is quite beneficial for nervous pains, like the ones associated with shingles, and neuralgia. It can be applied in asthma accompanied by spasms, particularly by nervous tension.

Commonly mixed with: As a remedy for insomnia the herb is often used in conjunction with Jamaican Dogwood, Hops, and Valerian.

Additional Info: The herb is indigenous to South, Central and North America. It is widely found in the tropical areas, but some species of this family are met in less favorable climates. Its common name, passion flower, is traced back to the XVII century. Its unassuming and simultaneously beautiful flower was than compared with Christ’s Passion. Each plant’s part is applied in herbal medicine.

Preparation and Intake: To prepare an infusion, take a teaspoon of dry herb for a cup of boiling water and steep for fifteen minutes. The result is drunk in the evening for insomnia, a cup at a time, and two times a day for other diseases.

In form of tincture the herb is applied at a dose of 1-4 ml under the same conditions as its infusion. The suggested dosage of dried herb extract is from 4 to 8 grams a day. Passion flower is often mixed with other sedative herbal remedies to relieve mild cases of anxiety.

Safety: If taken at doses mentioned above, the herb is safe for use and can be safely combined with other sedative remedies. Still, some doctors won’t recommend using it together with antidepressant medicines (MAO-inhibitors). Pregnant or breastfeeding women can also use passion flower.

There is no further data concerning the herb’s safety level. It is possible that the plant interacts with the medicine you use. Speak to your health-care provider before using the remedy.