Passiflora incarnata

Passionflower - Passiflora incarnata (in the Passifloracea or Passion flower family)

Part used: Flowering herb.

Taste/smell: Bland, slight aromatic scent.

Tendencies: Cooling.

Dosage: Infusion: 2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:1 fresh + dry strength liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: It is indicated for conditions where there is restless agitation and exhaustion with muscular twitching or tendency towards spasms. The tongue is not coated.

Use: (a) Antispasmodic, (b) Hypotensive, (c) Nervine, (d) Sedative, (e) Anti-inflammatory, (f) Cerebral vasorelaxant, (g) Anodyne.

This is a relaxing nervine that relieves cerebral irritation. It is used for heart palpitations and sleep disturbances due to nervousness. The constituents of passionflower are the flavonoids, apigenin and luteolin.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy due to the uterine stimulants, harman and harmoline. Additionally, passionflower contains the cyanogenic glycoside, gynocardin. The constituent, maltol, has a sedative action and increases sleeping time induced by the drug, hexobarbital.

Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.