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What is passion flower?
Passion flower is a vine (climbing plant) ,in the family Passifloraceae. Passion flower is also known as maypop.It is known for its beautiful white flowers with purple, blue, or pink calyx crown blooms. The plant is native to North, Central, and South America. It grows to almost 10 meters in length. The petals on each flower of the passion flower may vary in color from brilliant white to a dull red. It contains the alkaloids and flavonoids. It increases the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that carry messages from nerve cells to other cells. It decreases the activity of nerve cells in the brain, causing relaxation.
What is the effective dosage of passion flower?
The effective dosage is 4 to 8 grams of herb per day or 1 to 4 ml of tincture, usually in divided doses. An infusion is made by steeping 1 teaspoon (2 grams) of the herb in 2/3 cup of water for five to ten minutes. Two or three cups of Passion Flower tea can be consumed per day, including one cup before bedtime.
What are the benefits of passion flower?
• Passion flower is used to treat insomnia, hysteria, and epilepsy.
• It is also valued for its pain-relief properties.
• It is used as a mild sedative and sleep aid.
• It is also effective to treat anxiety and nervousness.
What are the side effects of passion flower?
There are no reported side effects for passion flower and the suggested dosages.high doses can be expected to induce drowsiness and central nervous system depression.
• It may be wise to avoid the combination of passion flower and sedative drugs such as the benzodiazepines.
• It is not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women.
• Passion Flower may affect the ability to drive or operate heavy machinery, so it should be used with caution before engaging in these activities.