passion flower extract

 

The Various Uses of Passion Flower Extract

Many years ago, passion flower was used to relieve pain and induce sleep. Nowadays, it is still used in the medical field because of its sedative and anti-spasmodic properties. In fact, passion flower was once approved as an over-the-counter sleep aid and sedative in the United States.
Generally, passion flower extract is used for treatment of sleep and anxiety disorders because of its calming effects. These health conditions include nervousness, insomnia, gastrointestinal problems, and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). People who suffer from the symptoms of narcotic drug withdrawal may find passion flower extract useful in relieving their discomfort and uneasiness. For such purpose, the extract is combined with a drug called clonidine. When used together, passion flower extract and clonidine can help curb symptoms like irritability, agitation, and anxiety.

In Europe, the extract of passion flower is added to drugs that are formulated for treatment of heart palpitations, nerve damage, high blood pressure, and anxiety. Passion flower extract is non-addictive unlike most sedative drugs, so some people prefer this natural remedy to the pharmaceutical ones.

There are studies that show the possibility of treating congestive heart failure symptoms (e.g. difficulty exercising and shortness of breath) using passion flower extract and hawthorn extract.

Other health conditions that use passion flower extract for treatment include the following:

• Menopausal symptoms
• Asthma
• Hysteria
• Seizures
• ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder)
• Fibromyalgia
• Irregular heart beat

Topical products that contain passion flower extract are applied on the skin to eliminate burns, hemorrhoids, inflammation, and pain. The extract is effective as a pain reliever if the pain is caused by emotional troubles or tension in the muscles.

Aside from its medical use, passion flower extract is also used for culinary purposes. It is used as a flavoring agent in foods and beverages.