Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Medicinal uses of Passion flower

Passion flower (Passiflora), also known as passion vines, apricot vine or maypop, belongs to a large genus of more than 400 species of flowering plants. They are mostly perennial climbing vines, while some species are shrubs and herbaceous. Native of south-eastern parts of America, the plant has herbaceous shoots with strong woody stem. The aerial parts (flowers, leaves, and stems) of Passiflora plant are known for medicinal properties. According to folk remedies, the flower is considered to have a calming effect and its fresh or dried leaves are used in tea before bed to assist in sleeping. It also contains some potent chemicals and therefore a correct dosage should be administered, as it may interact unexpectedly with certain drugs and cause serious effects.

Medicinal Uses of Passion flower

General body
Passion flower is popularly used as a mild sedative, anxiolytic (anxiety-relieving) and hypnotic. It also has analgesic properties and herbalists use the plant for treating physiological disorders like seizures and hysteria. Scientists are performing trials to confirm the influence of passion flower on the levels of a gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) found in the brain. It is believed that GABA helps in relaxation by lowering the activity of some brain cells.

Nervous System
Passion flower is traditionally one of the best herbal remedy available for various types of nervous manifestations. Unlike other tranquilizers, this plant exercises sedation without posing any side effects (like creating depression). This is because of the action of flavonoids present in the aerial parts of the plant.
Insomnia, anxiety and depression
The flower exhibits stress-relieving effects. It calms and relaxes the nerves of the body and helps in sleeping. Intake of dried plant in water helps in cases of vertigo or dizziness caused by alterations of the nerves. It is safe for children as well as adults and can also be used for a prolonged period without any contraindications. Passiflora plant is useful in treating patients that are suffering from emotional problems and for people who have a tendency to be sad or depressed.
Painkiller
Passion flower is an excellent painkiller, especially when the pain is related with the problems of the nervous system.
Spasmolytic
Infusions of passion flower or passiflora dyes should be administered if the spasms are involuntary and are because of the stress on the nervous system. Also, passion flower is used for treating intestinal spasms of nervous character and for fighting menstrual cramps.
                       
Circulatory System
Passion flower can potentially decrease arterial hypertension by reducing the arterial pressure. However, it should not be taken more than the prescribed dose to avoid any toxic effects.


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