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Passiflora (passion flower)
What is passiflora? What is it used
Passiflora, or passion flower, is a perennial creeping vine
native to the southern United States, Mexico, Central and
South America. The plants name dates back to the 17th
century, when Spanish missionaries compared the plants
purple and white blossoms and other elements to the passion
of Christ. The leaves, stems and flowers are all used medicinally.
Traditionally, passiflora was used by Native Americans as
a sedative. It is used in much the same way today; the German
Commission E has approved the use of passiflora to treat nervous
restlessness and exhaustion. It is also incorporated into
many dietary supplements designed to promote sleep. It is
frequently combined with valerian, lemon balm and other herbs
to ease pain and tension and help people fall asleep.
How much passiflora should I take?
The recommended dosage of passiflora is two grams of dried
herb taken three or four times a day. Alternatively, patients
can make a passiflora tea by combining 0.5-2.5 grams of the
herb in boiling water, or consuming 2-4ml of a passiflora
tincture up to four times daily.
What forms of passiflora are available?
Passiflora is available in a wide variety of forms, from
fresh cut herb to tablets, extracts (both fluid and dry),
tinctures and infusions.
What can happen if I take too much
passiflora? Are there any interactions I should be
aware of? What precautions should I take?
When used as directed, passiflora is generally safe and does
not appear to act negatively with other sedative drugs. However,
it should not be taken by women who are pregnant or lactating.
At the time of this writing, there are no known drug interactions
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