Passionflower herb supplement, alternative anxiety treatment, helps you relax and relieve tension
November 15 2016

Passionflower is a plant native to North America, found mostly in the Midwest and Southeast. This natural relaxer has been used as folk remedy to treat anxiety.

Passion Flower 200 mg dosage per pill
Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 1 capsule
Servings per Bottle: 90

Each Capsule Contains:
Passion Flower-  200 mg
(Passiflora spp.) flower and leaf

Suggested Use: 1 passion flower capsule daily or as directed by a qualified healthcare professional.

Dosage, how much to take
Passionflower can be used as a tea, 2 to 5 grams of the dried herb two to three times a day (one teaspoon is usually about 2 to 3 grams). Passionflower is also available as fluid or tincture extract (follow directions on the bottle). Capsules of the dried herbal extract are available from 200 to 400 mg, taken one to three times daily, although it is easier to find passionflower combined with valerian and other sedative herbs.

What’s in the plant? Constituents
Passionflower contains flavonoids, sterols, cholorogenic acid, volatile oil, and traces of alkaloids (including harmine, harman). The methanol extracts of leaves, stems, flowers, and whole plant exhibit anti-anxiety effects. The roots are practically devoid of anti-anxiety effects. This means the leaves seem to contain the most concentration of the active ingredients.

Passionflower may be helpful in reducing restlessness, anxiety, and nervousness. It also has anti-cough properties. Passionflower may also be a mild aphrodisiac.

A double-blind randomized trial compared the efficacy of Passiflora incarnata (passionflower) extract with oxazepam in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. The study was performed on 36 out-patients diagnosed with anxiety allocated in a random fashion: 18 to the passionflower extract 45 drops/day plus placebo tablet group, and 18 to oxazepam 30 mg/day plus placebo drops for a 4-week trial. Passionflower extract and oxazepam were effective in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. No significant difference was observed between the two protocols at the end of trial. Oxazepam showed a rapid onset of action. On the other hand, significantly more problems relating to impairment of job performance were encountered with subjects on oxazepam. The results suggest that passionflower extract is an effective herb for the management of generalized anxiety disorder, and the low incidence of impairment of job performance with passionflower extract compared to oxazepam is an advantage.

Aphrodisiac properties
In addition to the benefits listed above, compounds within passionflower have exhibited aphrodisiac, libido-enhancing and virility-enhancing properties in 2-year-old male rats. When administered concomitantly with nicotine, ethanol and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol for 30 days in male rats, passionflower prevented the drug-induced decline in sexuality in male rats.
The aphrodisiac properties of the methanol extract of leaves of passionflower have also been evaluated in mice by observing the mounting behavior. The methanol extract of passionflower exhibited significant aphrodisiac behavior in male mice at all doses, i.e. 75, 100 and 150 mg/kg. Amongst these, the highest activity was observed with the 100 mg/kg dose when the mountings were calculated about 95 min after the administration of the test extracts.

Supplements and herbs that are more potent as aphrodisiacs include tongkat ali and horny goat weed.

Obsessive compulsive disorder
I have been using passion flower for the last year and i find it very good for my mental obsessive problems.

Sedative, herbal
Passion Flower, a reliable herbal sedative
Wien Med Wochenschr. 20026.
Extracts and fluid extracts from the aerial parts from passionflower are widely used as components of herbal sedatives. Many pharmacological investigations confirm the sedative effects of passionflower. From some of the studies also anxiolytic effects can be deduced. As Passionflower is mainly used in combinations, clinical studies of the single drug are not available. Based on pharmacological data, the experiences of traditional use and the use in combinations passionflower extracts are an important factor in the phytotherapy of tenseness, restlessness and irritability with difficulty in falling asleep.

Passionflower for sleep
Many people have some difficulty getting a deep sleep. Some of the causes include a sedentary daily routine, lack of adequate exposure to sunlight, stimulants such as coffee or high doses of certain supplements, late night TV viewing and bright lights. Many people try to find a natural herb as a sleep aid. There are a few herbs and nutrients that have some relaxation and sleep inducing properties. It’s difficult to predict the best choice for each person. Some of the supplements and herbs that could be helpful include 5-HTP, tryptophan, melatonin, hops, passion flower, valerian, and kava. The timing can make a difference. For instance, some herbs initially cause alertness for 2 to 4 hours, followed by sleepiness, kava being an example. In a study in mice, researchers found that the combination of passion flower and kava was more effective than either herb alone. A natural sleep product that has both of these herbs is Good Night Rx.

Q. Because of an automobile accident over a year ago, with many broken bones, I have had depression and trouble sleeping. How many drops of Passion flower should one take to help with sleep.
A. There are many passionflower liquid extract products on the market and each one has a different potency. As to passionflower capsules, half or one capsule taken two to three hours before bed may be helpful.

Opiate withdrawal
Passionflower extract may be an effective adjuvant agent in the management of opiate withdrawal. Passionflower has the ability to suppress cough.

Passionflower in the treatment of opiates withdrawal: a double-blind randomized controlled trial.
J Clin Pharm Ther. 2001.
Clonidine-based therapies have been utilized as the main protocol for opiate detoxification for several years. However, detoxification with clonidine has its limitations, including lack of efficacy for mental symptoms. Accumulating evidence shows the efficacy of passionflower extract in the management of anxiety. In our continuing study of traditional medicines, which have neurotropic effects, this plant had an anxiolytic effect, which may be used as an adjuvant agent in the detoxification of opiates by clonidine. We present the results of a double-blind randomized controlled trial of clonidine plus passionflower extract vs. clonidine plus placebo in the outpatient detoxification of 65 opiates addicts. A total of 65 opiates addicts were assigned randomly to treatment with passionflower extract plus clonidine tablet or clonidine tablet plus placebo drop during a 14-day double-blind clinical trial. All patients met the DSM IV criteria for opioid dependence. The fixed daily dose was 60 drops of passionflower extract and a maximum daily dose of 0.8 mg of clonidine administered in three divided doses. Both protocols were equally effective in treating the physical symptoms of withdrawal syndromes. However, the passionflower plus clonidine group showed a significant superiority over clonidine alone in the management of mental symptoms. These results suggested that passionflower extract may be an effective adjuvant agent in the management of opiate withdrawal. However, a larger study to confirm our results is warranted.

Q. When playing sports, such as bowling in a league, I tense up a lot. Will Passion Flower help me become more relaxed? If so, should I take it an hour before a sporting event or any event where I tense up?
A. Passion flower would not help in performing sports that require a lot of physical exertion. It may help in bowling but it is impossible to predict what dosage will be required and how much in advance it should be taken. Only trial and error will determine the best way to use passion flower supplement.

Q. I ordered some passion flower recently and I sent an e-mail to the website I bought it from but they said due to FDA regulations they could not give me any information about it. I have social anxiety and Mitral Valve Prolapse. I have researched passion flower and have found that it prevents rapid heartbeats and palpitations which I experience with MVP. Do you think Passion flower would help me with my anxiety and MVP?
A. It is impossible to predict the effect of any herb in a person since different people react differently. You may wish to visit a site that discusses heart palpitations and natural options and discuss with your doctor.

Q. My daughter (22) is being evicted from a halfway house because she tested positive for the active ingredient in Xanax she swears all she took was Benesom with 300mg of passion flower extract. is there any possibility of passion flower extract showing up like that in a drug test?
A. We are not familiar with the topic of passion flower extract and drug testing. We doubt passion flower extract would be detected in a drug test but we are not certain since we have not seen any research in this area.

Q. I am thinking of purchasing some of the passionflower products. But was hoping to find out first if Passionflower has a high concentration of arginine. I was taking Valerian for anxiety but found it it is high in arginine, which I try to avoid since I have herpes.
A. There are only minute amounts of amino acids in passion flower extract compared to grams of arginine found in food. The amount of amino acids in herbal supplements is so minute as to be of no practical significance.

Q.  For the last few months i have some tinnitus which is effecting my ears. Could tinnitus be a side effect from passion flower or other herbs in general?
A. This is hard to say. Long term human studies are not available to indicate what the passion flower side effects are when used for months at a time. Many herbs do have side effects when taken for prolonged periods.