Passionflower (passiflora) is a type of plant and passion flower in the genus of flowering plants of family Passilforaceae. Due to its potential health benefits, people use passionflower to produce various kinds of home remedies, natural medicines, herbal dietary supplements, alterhnative medicines, and homeopathic naturopathic health products. It has also been used recreationally for smoking and so forth.
Historically, the flower was popular for decorative and aesthetic reasons. Other names for passionflower include: Apricot Vine, Maypop, Maracuja, Passiflora, Purple Passion Flower, Wild Passion Flower, and Water Lemon. Fresh and dried leaves of the passionflower has been used historically as a herbal tea, home remedy, natural medicine for hysteria, epilepsy, and insomnia; as well as for its health benefits as an analgesic.
Health Benefits of Passionflower (passiflora)
Beta-carboline harmala alkaloid properties in passionflower have been said to have an anti-depressant quality to them. They are also noted to potentially have health benefits as a naturopathic or homeopathic MAO inhibitor.
Medical uses of passionflower as a home remedy or natural medicine also include: as a natural anti-anxiety medicine, as a treatment for gastrointestinal diseases, and as relieving some of the symptoms related to drug withdrawal.
Passionflower has also been cited as being a natural remedy or homeopathic medicine to treat menopause, asthma, ADHD, palpitations, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, fibromyalgia, and general pain. Some have also used passionflower topically as an herbal medicine to treat skin problems such as burns, pain, swelling, inflammation, and for use against hemorrhoids.
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