What is the passion flower plant used for and how to prepare it, according to experts

Passionflower helps combat multiple health problems (photo: Rucitama/ twitter)

Passionflower is a medicinal plant which is commonly used to treat some symptoms of menopause, high blood pressure and attention deficit. said plant can be consumed in the form of tea, tincture or physiotherapeutic supplementsince it is prescribed to calm nervousness, anxiety and insomnia, since it has properties that act on the central nervous system.

It has different names depending on the region in which it is consumed, these are some denominations: passion fruit, passion flower, granadilla, passion flower, parchita, mburucuyá and chinola, but its scientific name is Passiflora incarnata L.can be purchased at pharmacies and health food storesaccording to information from Your Health in Spanish.

Helps calm anxiety and insomnia since it contains flavonoids, which are involved in the functioning of GABA acid, an inhibitory neurotransmitter of the central nervous system that helps when sleepingallows to be of good mood Y reduces stress and anxiety.

Reduces symptoms of menopause; for example heart palpitations, insomnia, hot flashes, headache and irritability. A study published in the National Library of Medicineshowed that a improvement in menopausal women that had been treated with the plant.

This is what passionflower looks like (Ximena González Morales/Semarnat)
This is what passionflower looks like (Ximena González Morales/Semarnat)

Regulates heart rate and blood pressure due to its hypertensive, vasodilator and cardiotonic properties, being complementary in the treatment of high blood pressure and heart problems.

Acts as an anticonvulsant since it helps to reduce compulsive episodes and their duration, as well as being useful for treatment of absence seizures and epileptic episodes.

Relieves digestive problems: the plant is traditionally used to treat gastrointestinal problems, as it contains anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties that combat digestive problems associated with gastritis and colitis.

Tea: is prepared with two tablespoons of dried leaves. They are placed in a cup with boiling water and later it is left to rest for 10 minutes to be able to drink it. If it is used to combat the insomniayou have to drink a cup before bed and to reduce anxiety and stressmust be consume three times up to date.

The plant can be consumed in tea, capsules or tinctures (photo: Iraqi Locust / Twitter)
The plant can be consumed in tea, capsules or tinctures (photo: Iraqi Locust / Twitter)

capsules: the recommended dose is 200 to 250mgtwo to three times a day, as directed by the doctor.

Tincture: can be used in 1:10 concentrates, while the recommended dose is 40 drops diluted in a glass of water for a maximum of three times per day.

Its main side effect is feeling a excessive sleepinessin such a way that it is not recommended to consume in case of driving heavy machinery or driving vehicles, since reflexes may diminish considerably, especially during the first hours after being ingested. In isolated cases, symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headache and tachycardia.

This plant is contraindicated in people who are allergic to its components and under no circumstances should it be mixed with alcoholic beverages, nor with other monoamine oxidase inhibitor antidepressants (MAOIs), painkillers with sedative and antihistamine effects. It is not recommended to consume during pregnancy or during the lactation period, also it should not be ingested by children under 12 years of age.


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