Can Passionflower decrease anxiety ?

Do you have approach anxiety or struggle controlling your nerves during sex? Well there are some natural herbs that can help decrease anxiety. I have previously discussed the benefits of reducing anxiety with Damiana. I now have recently experimented with passionflower herb out of curiosity. I may not be the best candidate to report on the benefits of passionflower and it effects on decreasing anxiety  as I no longer have anxiety. But one thing is for sure is that it does have a calming affect after a hectic day at work.

Passionflower is generally a healthy herb to consume so there is no harm for you to give it a try and seeing if it brings many benefits to your health an ability to over come anxiety.

What is Anxiety

Noun: anxiety; plural noun: anxieties

A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.

It depends on the type of anxiety disorder, but general symptoms include:
  • Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness.
  • Problems sleeping.
  • Cold or sweaty hands or feet.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Not being able to be still and calm.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.

Another common anxiety men may experience is Approach anxiety which is a fear of approaching women you are attracted to. It stops you talking to women by filling your mind with excuses, extreme levels of fear and pointless chatter. Some men may not suffer from general anxiety except for when approaching the opposite sex , this is when they may experience the same signs and symptoms as general anxiety.

Brief History of passionflower

Passionflower, also known as Passiflora incarnata is a plant that provides overflowing goodness for your mind and body. However, before talking about its potential health benefits, it’s important to learn about its long history.

Passionflower was first discovered by Spanish Jesuits in Peru in the 17th century, and was named for its resemblance to the crucifixion of Christ. The Peruvians used the flower as a sedative. Once it spread to Europe, it was used to treat restlessness and agitation, along with other ailments like indigestion and seizures. Today, it’s commonly used to treat anxiety.

Why It works

Studies suggests that the flavonoids “chrysin” and “benzoflavone” may be the primary flavonoids in passion flower that are responsible for decreasing anxiety.

In a study from the Universite de Metz in France, it was suggested that the flavonoids contained in passion flower were responsible for decreasing anxiety symptoms in mice that had been dosed with addictive substances and then subjected to a period of withdrawal. In another study using rats, prolonged sleeping time and lowered levels of activity were noted as significant behavioral changes.

According to the studies that have been done there is little known risk to taking extract of Passiflora incarnata, and the supplement can be effective, but it is acknowledged within the scientific community that further studies are needed

Passionflower dosage

This herb can be used as a tea, 2 to 4 grams of the dried herb two times a day (one teaspoon is usually about 2 to 3 grams). Passion flower 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 once or twice a day or as needed to reduce stress.

Final thoughts

Passionflower is definitely worth the try.  Even though I don’t suffer from anxiety i have been drinking passion flower tea, which did help create calmness after a long days work. Giving me the ability to focus on working on writing more posts with a clearer mind. Passionflower also improved my sleep quality similar to the Damiana herb just without the dreams.

Improved sleep with passionflower makes sense as Passionflower was formerly approved as an over-the-counter sedative and sleep aid in the U.S., but it was taken off the market in 1978 because safety and effectiveness had not been proven. However, passionflower may still be available alone or in combination with other herbal products.