Passionflower for Anxiety - How Well
Does It Really Work?
Does using passionflower for anxiety help to reduce the symptoms?
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is a commonly suggested herb for
treating anxiety, stress, social anxiety disorder (SAD) and panic
attacks. It has been traditionally used to treat insomnia, menopause symptoms, ADHD, pain, neuralgia and seizure disorders.
Most of the modern research studies were done in European countries.
Passionflower is approved by the German Commission E for treating
anxiety disorders and insomnia.
One advantage of using passionflower for treating anxiety is that it is
not additive (habit forming) like many prescription tranquilizers.
study on the health benefits of passionflower for Anxiety
Most of the research
studies looked at using passionflower for insomnia. The two studies
below focused on this herb's effectiveness in treating generalized
anxiety disorder (GAD). Both studies reported positive benefits.
|Passionflower in the treatment
of generalized anxiety: a pilot double-blind randomized controlled
trial with oxazepam.|
S, Naghavi HR, Vazirian M, Shayeganpour A, Rashidi H, Khani M.
J Clin Pharm
Ther. 2001 Oct;26(5):363-7.
This double-blinded randomized study involving 36 patients compared
using passionflower against oxazepam, a commonly prescribed sedative
The results showed that passionflower was as effective as the
prescription sedative oxazepam.
Although the drug oxazepam worked faster, the volunteers taking it
reported significant poorer job performance and significant fatigue.
Not surprisingly, prescription
drugs for treating anxiety disorders cause significant side effects
such as fatigue and drowsiness.
|Nutritional and herbal
supplements for anxiety and anxiety-related disorders: systematic
Nutr J. 2010
In this research review, the two authors
concluded that herbal and natural supplements are effective in
treating anxiety and anxiety-related problems. And these natural
remedies were able to reduce anxiety without any serious or long-term
Dose to Use
suggest using between 250 mg to 2,000 mg of the raw herb three
times daily. The average amount of passionflower used daily is
typically 4 to 8 grams.
For a tea formulation, drink one cup two or three times daily and 30
minutes before going to bed.
For a tincture formulation, use 5 to 10 mL of the liquid up to four
times daily. Dosage will vary depending on the concentration of the
extract. Follow the manufacturers' directions.
works for treating anxiety disorders. Any quality natural remedies for
anxiety treatment must include passionflower in their formulation.
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