The passion flower is a type of exotic vine flower that can have curly petals that are either blue or purple and resemble tentacles. A passion flower species known as Passiflora incarnata shows promise as a potential treatment for anxiety, sleeplessness, and pain. Passionflower pills such as Pascoflair may provide a variety of health advantages, and this article will explain why and how they may work.
What Is A Passionflower?
The word “passion flower” refers to any plant that is a part of the Passiflora genus, which includes over 500 different species. Maypop, real passion flower, purple passionflower, and wild apricot are all names for the same passion flower species, known scientifically as Passiflora incarnata. This species is one of the most prevalent types of passion flower. Since its inception, the passion flower has thrived in the southeastern United States, where it may often be found growing in the wild at high density. Meadows, unmowed pastures, and disturbed areas are all good places to find it growing. It is impossible to find passion flowers growing in the shade of a forest canopy.
Perennial passion flowers grow quickly and have long, trailing vines. The leaves are normally 2.5 to 6 inches long and have three lobes. The flowers have five white or purple petals and a corona that can be either purple or white. Passion Flowers cannot pollinate themselves since they are self-sterile. As a result, insects such as bumblebees and carpenter bees are required to pollinate them. As a result of the fact that passion flowers serve as host plants for the larvae of a wide variety of butterfly species, particularly the Gulf fritillary and the zebra longwing, the passion flower's stamens and styles tend to be quite enormous. The juicy berry-like fruit of the passion flower, which is roughly the size of an egg, is consumed by a wide variety of other species of wild animals.
Fresh and dried passion flowers are both extensively used in traditional herbal therapy. Passionflower extract can be found in several chewing gums and teas. Insomnia and anxiety are two common complaints that passion flowers are used to treat. Passionflower extract has been shown to have anxiolytic qualities in several animal investigations. Some researchers assume that the active ingredient in passionflower extract is benzoflavone; however, this has not been confirmed yet. This component also has the potential to be beneficial against coughing that is brought on by chemicals that include sulfur dioxide.
Health Benefits Of Passion Flower Pills
Insomnia, mental problems, and anxiety are some conditions that may be helped by taking Pascoflair tablets (passion flower supplement). Although the supplement's safety and efficacy have not been extensively researched, some evidence from studies conducted suggests the supplement can be helpful.
Menopause with Anti-Depressant Treatment
A study published in the edition of the journal “Fitoterapia” dated April 2011 found that the addition of passion flower enhanced the anti-depressant effects of St. John's Wort. Research on animals showed that adding St. John's Wort and passion flower increased the effectiveness of St. John's Wort, prompting researchers to believe that using the two herbs in combination could allow them to reduce the dosage needed for St. John's Wort. Research published in the Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research in Fall 2010 indicated that passion flower supplementation alleviated sadness and other symptoms of menopause, such as rage, insomnia, and headaches. For six weeks, participants took passion flower pills every day. By the third week, there had been significant relief in the patient's symptoms. The researchers concluded that women unable to take hormone replacement therapy or who choose not to use it might benefit from using Pascoflair tablets to help manage the symptoms of menopause.
It was found that the passion flower can reduce anxiety in animals in a study published in the journal “Phytotherapy Research” in June 2011. During the maze test, animals that were administered doses of 150 milligrams per kilogram of body weight spent much more time in open, unprotected, and high regions. In addition, the supplement did not have a sedative or stimulant effect on the body. Research published in the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology ” in March 2010 indicated that modest doses of passion flower extract lowered anxiety while greater doses had anesthetic effects.
Lowering the Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
According to an animal study published in the “Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry” in January 2013, the passion flower may help regulate high blood pressure. Blood pressure levels were dramatically lowered by using passion flower skin extract in doses of Fifty milligrams per kilogram body weight. Researchers found that anthocyanin antioxidant molecules and edulilic acid, a component in passion flower, were responsible for the effects. Research in the journal “Phytotherapy Research” indicated that passion flower fruit pulp reduced systolic blood pressure, which measures blood pressure in the arteries during heart contraction, by more than 30 percent in laboratory animals. Antioxidant enzyme levels were also increased, and the addition of passion flower extract decreased oxidized lipid levels. For a period of five days, subjects received oral dosages of 8 milligrams every day.
A study published in the edition of “Phytotherapy Research” dated August 2011 found that passion flowers increased sleep quality. Participants with a mild sleep disturbance drank one cup of passion flower tea per night for seven nights, during which time they kept a sleep journal and answered a sleep quality questionnaire. The participants ranged in age from 18 to 35. There were substantial differences in sleep quality between the two groups that were given passion flower and the control group that was not given passion flower.
To make herbal tea, simply steep dried passion flowers in hot water. Many health food stores carry dried passion flowers or tea in prepared form. Liquid extracts and Pascoflair tablets in Canada can also be found for purchase.
Before using passion flower as an alternative treatment, consult with your doctor. They can assist you in weighing the advantages and disadvantages of various options.