Passionflower - Passiflora Incarnata

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This Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Passionflower - Passiflora incarnata in the Passifloracea or Passion flower family

Part used: Flowering herb.

Taste/smell: Bland, slight aromatic scent.

Tendencies: Cooling.

Dosage: Infusion: 2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:1 fresh + dry strength liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: It is indicated for conditions where there is restless agitation and exhaustion with muscular twitching or tendency towards spasms. The tongue is not coated.

Use: (a) Antispasmodic, (b) Hypotensive, (c) Nervine, (d) Sedative, (e) Anti-inflammatory, (f) Cerebral vasorelaxant, (g) Anodyne.

Passionflower will relieve cerebral irritation,  heart palpitations and sleep disturbances due to tension, restlessness and nervousness. This herb brings a sense of calmness, and acts as an antidepressant. Its antispasmodic effect is used for tremors, tics and convulsions. This is a nice herb to consider for elders with dementia if they experience agitation. Of course it is helpful for agitation in the general population also.

Contraindications: Passiflora incarnata is contraindicated in pregnancy due to the uterine stimulants, harman and harmoline. Additionally, Passion flower contains the cyanogenic glycoside, gynocardin. The constituent, maltol, has a sedative action and increases sleeping time induced by the drug, hexobarbital.

If you are looking for directions on making teas or tinctures, please see our "Making Herbal Products" page.

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