The passion flower is used in treatment of ‘ insomnia , of gastrointestinal problems caused by’ anxiety or nervousness , the generalized anxiety disorder . In addition, it is able to counteract withdrawal symptoms during detoxification from the use of narcotic drugs .
There are cases in which Passionflower can be used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, nervousness and excitability, palpitations, irregular heartbeat, seizures, hysteria, menopausal symptoms, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia and pain.
In case of burns, swelling due to inflammation and hemorrhoids, topical application of Passionflower takes place.
How does Passionflower work?
The Passiflora is a phytotherapeutic : the underground parts of this plant contain active ingredients which produce an extract that helps to relieve muscle spasms, sleep-inducing and has a generally calming effect.
How is Passionflower taken?
Passionflower can be taken orally in the form of drops or tablets or applied topically .
Adverse effects of Passionflower
At the time when the recommended doses are followed, oral administration of Passionflower is considered safe for most people.
The potential side effects of taking it include:
- difficulty in muscle movements and coordination
- altered state of consciousness
- inflammation of the blood vessels
In some rare cases, the administration of Passionflower has caused nausea , vomiting, drowsiness, tachycardia and arrhythmias. It is not possible to classify the safety levels of the use of Passionflower topically, as there is insufficient information.
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Passionflower
Your doctor should always be consulted before using Passiflora if:
- They are taking medications for high blood pressure , medicines and herbal remedies effect sedative (such as valerian or St. John’s Wort), and herbal supplements that can lower blood pressure (such as coenzyme Q10 and fish oil);
- you are pregnant , because in this case Passionflower is contraindicated;
- breastfeeding is practiced ;
- you have to undergo surgery . Passionflower can in fact intensify the effect of anesthetics and other drugs that act on the brain, since it affects the functioning of the nervous system. Therefore, it is usually contraindicated to take Passionflower from at least fifteen days prior to surgery.