There are few things that stand the test of time. Passiflora is an herb that has been utilized for centuries as a remedy for a number of ailments.
Passionflower is a beautiful plant with a rich history. The herb originated in the Americas and spread throughout the world over the decades. The plant has medicinal and religious significance. The structure of the plant is symbolic in Christianity and used for medicinal purposes. Passionflower has been used as a calming agent, treatment for anxiety, and even a way to alleviate insomnia.
The power behind the plant is relatively unknown. Several scientists have suggested that passionflower increases the levels of the chemical GABA in the brain. GABA helps lower activity of some brain cells, creating a calming effect. It is for this reason passiflora can help reduce anxiety and stress which in turn can help treat insomnia.
Taking passiflora as an herbal remedy for insomnia may not effective because there is little research to suggest the plant independently has the ability to treat sleeplessness. Passionflower is typically an addition to sleep supplements to help treat the symptoms of anxiety that can cause insomnia.
As an addition to sleep supplements, passiflora helps bolster the mild sedative effects of the entire formula. While other ingredients may reduce body tension or have sleep-inducing properties, passiflora provides relief from over-stimulation and stress.
The parts of the plant that are used for medicinal purposes are the flower, leaves, and stem. There are a variety of delivery systems for passiflora. The herb can be a liquid extract, tea, or ingredient in a number of supplements.
Further research is necessary to solidify passionflowers role in treating sleeplessness independently. However, the herb has had a reputation for being a remedy for decades.