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Effect of Passionflower on Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Since people with generalized anxiety disorder often need help quieting their minds and relaxing, the sedative effects of passionflower can be helpful.
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Effect of Passionflower on Panic Disorder
Since people with panic disorder often suffer from anxiety and need help quieting their minds and relaxing, the sedative effects of passionflower can be helpful.
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What Is Passionflower Used for Today?
In 1985, Germany's Commission E officially approved passionflower as a treatment for "nervous unrest." The herb is considered to be a mildly effective treatment for anxiety and insomnia , less potent than kava and valerian , but nonetheless useful. Like melissa (lemon balm), chamomile , and valerian, passionflower is also used for nervous stomach .
However, there is only weak supporting scientific evidence that passionflower works for these purposes. Preliminary trials suggest that passionflower might be helpful for anxiety 1 and chemical dependency . 2 Animal studies suggest that passionflower extracts can reduce agitation and prolong sleep. 3 The active ingredients in passionflower are not known.
- Akhondzadeh S, Naghavi HR, Vazirian M, Shayeganpour A, Rashidi H, Khani M. Passionflower in the treatment of generalized anxiety: a pilot double-blind randomized controlled trial with oxazepam. J Clin Pharm Ther. 26(5):363-7.
- Akhondzadeh S, Kashani L, Mobaseri M, Hosseini SH, Nikzad S, Khani M. Passionflower in the treatment of opiates withdrawal: a double-blind randomized controlled trial. J Clin Pharm Ther. 26(5):369-73.
- Speroni E, Minghetti A. Neuropharmacological activity of extracts from Passiflora incarnata.Planta Med. 1988;54:488-491.