Botanical: Passiflora incarnata (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Passifloraceae
---Synonyms---Passion Vine. Granadilla. Maracoc. Maypops.
Commission E therapeutic monograph concluded that Passion Flower
is effective “for the treatment of nervous anxiety” and
The American Botanical Council has provided an
article summarizing the supported uses of Passion Flower. Those
uses include “analgesic and sedative properties”, “tranquilizing
anxiolytic, and hypotensive activity
reported”, “employed as antispasmodics for digestive
Dr. Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D. in his book,
The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine, notes that Passion Flower “is used primarily as a
sedative and to calm nerves that get on edge during the periods of
hormonal adjustment common to most women.” Another use is “to
relieve pain, an effect that has been demonstrated in laboratory
and clinical tests”, citing the studies. Passion Flower “is often
used to induce relaxation and sleep, an effect first
experimentally verified in 1920”.
Feather Jones, a
clinical herbalist, in her book,
Medicinal Herb Handbook, describes
Passion Flower as follows: “The anti-spasmodic, sedative and mood
elevation qualities have value.”
prominent herbalist, David Litell, states that Passion Flower is
used for nervous conditions, and for relaxation.
herbalist, Joanne Snow, describes Passion Flower as
“antispasmodic, sedative and
anxiolytic”, “is used in nervous
stress, restlessness, sleep disorders, anxiety, and neuralgia.”
FDA has not
objected to the following claims for Passion Flower: “naturally
promotes relaxation”; “supports natural relaxation”; and “used for
relaxation and rest.”
References on Passion Flower. (Passiflora Incarnata
Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D., Herbal Tonic Therapies.
Circulation, concentration, mental, female
tonic, flavonoids, mental acuity, relaxation.
Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D. Tonic Herbs.
Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D. Herbal Tonic Therapies and Ross, MSF and
Anderson, L.A. Selection of plants for phytopharmacological studies based
on modern medicine ." - International Journal of crude drugs Research
The drug is known to be a depressant to the
motor side of the spiral cord, slightly reducing arterial pressure, though
affecting circulation but little, while increasing the rate of
respiration. It is official in homeopathic medicine.
Mrs. M. Grieves A Modern Herbal, Botanical.com.
Passionflower has a long and colorful
history of use. Passionflower is used primarily as a nervine.
Holtom J. and Hylton, W Complete Guide to Herbs.
Passionflower is known throughout the world
for its natural properties. It is consistently used with good results.
Bimer, J. and J. M. Nicolls, Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 3 (1973).
- Lutomski, J., E.Sergie et al., Pharm. Unserer Zeit 10 (1981). -
Ulubelen, A. and T.J. Mabry, J. Nat. Prod. 46 (1983).