Passion-flower Does More Than Relieve Anxiety
Passiflora was dubbed “Passion-flower” by Spanish Missionaries in Peru. Passion-flower refers to the passions of Christ. The shape of the P. incarnata was seen as symbolic of the crucifixion according to passionflow.com
WebMD states that Passion-flower can relieve anxiety as effectively as prescription sedatives. Maypop has shown to be effective in reducing presurgical anxiety.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter. In the body, GABA reduces brain activity aiding sleep. Information found on healthline.com reveals that Passion-flower seems to help induce sleep by increasing levels of GABA.
Medical News Today speaks to Passion-flowers potential as a treatment for pain. P. incarnata regulates discomfort in the same way it helps with insomnia by increasing production of Gamma-aminobutyric acid the body’s natural sedative.
Passion-flower can be taken as a tea or as an extract. A list of side effects and contraindications provided by Botanical-online mentions body weakness, stomach pain, and vomiting. Passion-flower should not be taken in combination with blood pressure medication as this can cause BP to become too low.
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