Passiflora is used to treat insomnia, gastrointestinal problems associated with anxiety or nervousness, generalized anxiety disorder, as well as to cope with withdrawal symptoms during detox from the use of narcotic drugs.

Sometimes it is also used to treat convulsions, hysteria, menopause symptoms, attention deficit disorder / hyperactivity, nervousness and excitability, palpitations, heartbeat irregularity, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia and pain.  Topical application can be useful in case of hemorrhoids, burns and swelling due to inflammation.


What is Passiflora?

The active ingredients present in the extract from Passiflora exert a calming effect, induce sleep and alleviate muscle spasms.


How should Passiflora be taken?

Passiflora can be taken orally through the form of drops or tablets, or it can be applied topically. 


Side effects associated with Passiflora

Oral intake of Passiflora is considered safe for most people, as long as the recommended dose is followed.

Possible side effects of Passiflora include the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty in movement and muscle coordination
  • Altered state of consciousness
  • Inflammation of the blood vessels


Also reported cases in which the intake of Passiflora triggered symptoms include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, tachycardia and arrhythmias.

There is sufficient information to classify the safety use of Passiflora topically.


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Passiflora

Before taking Passiflora, it is important to inform you doctor:

  • If you are taking any medication for high blood pressure, medicines and herbal remedies (such as  valerian or St. John's Wort), and herbal supplements that can lower blood pressure (such as coenzyme Q10 and fish oil)
  • If you are pregnant (in which case Passiflora is contraindicated)
  • If you are breast-feeding


Subject to surgery: Passiflora can affect the function of the nervous system, in turn increasing the effect of anesthetics and other drugs that act within the brain. Generally, intake is not recommended from at least two weeks before the scheduled surgery.