Principal Proposed Uses
Other Proposed Uses
The passionflower vine is a native of the Western hemisphere, named for symbolic connections drawn between its appearance and the crucifixion of Jesus. Native North Americans used passionflower primarily as a mild sedative. It quickly caught on as a folk remedy in Europe and was thereafter adopted by professional herbalists as a sedative and digestive aid.
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
, less potent than kava
, 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 anxiety9,14 and chemical dependency . 10Animal studies suggest that passionflower extracts can reduce agitation and prolong sleep. 1,11-13
The active ingredients in passionflower are not known.