Pharmacognosy - medicinal plants (herbs)
Pharmacognosy - medicinal plants (herbs)

Herbs - Medicinal Plants

Health Benefits of Passiflora incarnata (Passion flower)

Medicinal properties attributed to the Passiflora

Passion flower benefits
Passiflora incarnata

It has an anxiolytic and mild hypnotic effects, it´s muscle relaxant and antispasmodic comparable to the papaverine (Wichtl).

 

It is indicated in cases of anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, tachycardia, palpitations, migraines, dizziness, ulcers, gastrointestinal spasms. Dysmenorrhea, neurovegetative dystonia associated with menopause, nervous cough. Myalgia, muscle contracture. Also in depressive states like hysteria, nervous restlessness and gastrointestinal nerve complications.

 

Externally is used in hemorrhoids and like a reassuring bath for nervous agitation.

Uses of Passiflora or Passion flower

Contraindications

In some people it can cause some drowsiness.

It must be used only by prescription and under medical supervision.

It must be taken into account the alcohol content of the fluid extract, both the tincture and the syrup.

Preparation and Dosage

Infusion of Passiflora: Add 130 ml of boiling water over a teaspoon of the plant, wait 10 minutes and strain. Take 2 or 3 times a day and half an hour before bedtime.

 

Tincture of Passiflora: 0.5 to 2 ml, 3 times a day.

 

Fluid extract: Dissolve 5 ml of tincture in 250 ml of warm water. Take during the day divided into 2-3 doses.

 

External use: take 20 g of the plant in 200 ml of hot water. Strain, cool and use it as a wash.

 

 

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REMEMBER to always consult your doctor before combining natural products with any other treatment.

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