Passion Flower Extract 100g
Passion Flower Extract 100g
Passion Flower Extract 100g
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Passion flower is not only known as a religiously symbolic and easily grown plant. Many varieties of the passion flower's "passiflora" genus have also been used medicinally for centuries first by Native Americans then by other cultures. The most common medicinal uses were as a remedy for anxiety, insomnia, pain relief, and anti-spasmodic (muscle relaxing).

While it is primarily valued for its nerve-calming properties, passion flower can also be used as a pain reliever for light to moderate pain.

Passion flower as a supplement

Typically the parts of this plant that are used as therapeutic remedies are the leaves, flowers, stems and sometimes the root. There are several species of the passion flower and most of them produce leaves with the active compounds sought for their calming abilities.

Relief for anxiety and nervousness

The leaves and roots of many passion flower varieties contain compounds called beta-carboline harmala alkaloids. These alkaloids act as natural MAO (monoamine oxidase) inhibitors. MAO inhibitors aid in the metabolism of feel-good neurotransmitters serotonin and norephinephrine.

This produces a calm state of being as well as a sense of well being. It helps reduce feelings of anxiety and lessen the symptoms of stress by elevating the circulation of happiness-promoting chemicals. Passion flower has very few known side-effects which makes it a desirable, natural remedy for anxiety and occasional nervousness. It can also help induce and improve the quality of sleep.

Scientists have reason to believe that passion flower's effectiveness primarily stems from its ability to increase the presence of a substance in the brain known as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Specialists agree that this chemical reduces the activity of certain brain cells, which then leads to putting you in a more relaxed state of mind.

As with most other medicinal herbs, passion flower is also filled with protective antioxidant elements such as vitexin, isovitexin, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, apigenin and luteolin glycosides. There seems to be a perfect interaction between the plant's alkaloids and bioflavonoids, thus encouraging physical healing and general wellness.

Passion flower is a safe alternative to get rid of anxiety

As you may know by now, when there's not much money to make out of it, research tends to be scarce. Fortunately, enough was done to demonstrate that passion flower may be just as powerful in treating general anxiety disorders as the usual drug used to do so. A past study involving 36 individuals showed that passion flower was as efficient as oxazepam (Serax) for dealing with these symptoms. Another study conducted with 91 participants presenting anxiety symptoms proved that passion flower-derived products effected much better results than their placebo counterparts. Further research was also able to conclude that patients who were given passion flower prior to undergoing surgery became less anxious and recovered just as fast as those given a simple placebo.

The Department of Pharmaceutics at Florida's College of Pharmacy was also able to demonstrate that passion flower helps neutralize or at the very least greatly diminish anxiety symptoms in rats. Knowing that rodents usually have an aversion for open spaces, the scientists used what is called the elevated plus maze model in order to come up with their findings. It turned out that rats were significantly more inclined to go through the open spaces of the specific maze model when passion flower doses of 375 mg/kg were given to them.

Passion flower can also be used to reduce pain, thanks to its antispasmodic and sedative virtues. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants actually recommends using it as an alternative to relieve pain that may prevent you from falling asleep. The herb may also be able to alleviate premenstrual cramps, headaches, toothaches and general muscle soreness.

Some scientists believe that passion flower supplements may provide benefits for women that cannot or decide not to use hormone replacement during menopause.

Pain relief

Many varieties of the passiflora family also contain naturally analgesic or pain-relieving flavonoid compounds. These include chrysin, orientin, vitexin and isovitexin. Since these compounds relax the central nervous system they can also help with various kinds of pain such as back pain or nerve related pain. They also possess anti-inflammatory properties which can help relieve pain.

Passion flower also has demonstrated anticonvulsant and antispasmodic properties which may help explain its ability to relieve pain. It has even been researched as a potential remedy for Parkinson's disease to help ease the shaking that is related to the malfunction of the neurotransmitters. While it likely cannot cure the disease, there is currently evidence that it can help reduce symptoms.

Potential use for ADD and ADHD

The herb has also been considered for the relief of ADD or ADHD symptoms. Inability to concentrate is usually related to an overly stimulated nervous system. Since passion flower helps relax the nervous system, it may have implications in the treatment of attention and concentration related disorders.

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