PASSIONFLOWER.... THE FLOWER OF PASSION
Passionflower is the botanical species Passiflora incarnata, family of passifloraces. It is also known by other names like Passion Flower or Passion Fruit. This plant usually grows by the tropical regions of South America: Peru, Brazil, Mexico, United States and Caribbean coasts. It is also cultivated in many gardens in Europe and grows wildly in the Mediterranean basin. It is a plant or climbing vine that can reach 10 feet long. Its flowers are fragrant, large and beautiful. Its fruits are about the size of a hen's egg, are oval, yellow-orange colour, with edible pulp. The medicinal parts used are flowering branches, collected when they develop the first fruits, and devoid of the woody part of the stem and rhizomes.
His name "passiflora" or "Passion Flower" was established in the early seventeenth century, then Pope Paul V, thought the floor was a divine revelation of Christ's passion, due to which it has a ring of filaments floral reminiscent of the crown thorns os Jesus. The Passionflower, exerts a depressant action on the nervous system, acting as a sedative and hypnotic and analgesic drugs useful in a variety of ailments. Lowers blood pressure by peripheral vasodilatation and a decrease in heart rate. Should be administered over a period of approximately two weeks to assess a clinically verifiable. It is used as a sedative in cases of insomnia, especially that caused by painful processes and due to nervousness or anxiety. Causes a dream similar to physiological, without altering its phases and respecting its architecture. Further, for its analgesic properties is used in heart pains, digestive spasms, and neuralgy. Very useful especially in episodes of migraine, headache, and menstrual cramps. By its properties on the cardiovascular system, is useful in hypertensive patients since a decrease in blood pressure. Passionflower rarely causes drowsiness and relieves anxiety, relieving symptoms such as rapid heartbeat and tension headache. Its relaxing and antispasmodic activity that is often overlooked, is also effective in case of leg cramps and menstrual pain. The aerial part of Passionflower has flavonoids and alkaloids, which are responsible for its effect on sleep disorders, restoring restful sleep gradually and of quality in people suffering from insomnia. It is recommended therefore by being: anesthetic, analgesic, antispasmodic, hypnotic, hypotensive, sedative. According to its active principles is used in cases of: Insomnia, restlessness, excitability, anxiety, tachycardia, palpitations, headache, migraines, dizziness. Gastrointestinal spasms. Neurogenic hypertension, nervous cough. Other uses are: dysmenorrhea, neurovegetative dystonia associated with menopause, menstrual disorders. Menopause. Myalgia, muscle spasms. It is used in detoxifying cures of alcohol, snuff, morphine, etc ... It is rich in vitamin C. One of sedatives less toxic. In Spain, is authorized for use of this plant for the treatment of anxiety, emotionality, nervousness, stress, insomnia. Plant nontoxic, but in high doses can cause a slight narcotic effect, with diminished reflexes, confusion and marked sedation.
Caution: is incompatible with antihistamines, alcohol, sedatives and hypnotics. Although the concentration of alkaloids is very little its use is not recommended during pregnancy, lactation and infancy (if necessary, use softer tranquilizers). If you want to get passionflower in our online herbarium you can find both bulk plant, as all kinds of products made with passionflower, clicking.