historically used as a sedative by peoples of south america, it is commonly used in folk remedies to help treat anxiety, insomnia, arrhythmia and pain. it is also believed to be a promoter of subtle energetic balance.

From Medical News Today:

Passionflower grows throughout South America and some parts of the southern United States. It is part of the Passiflora family, which also includes passion fruit.

People have used one variety of passionflower, Passiflora incarnata (P. incarnata), since the 16th centuryTrusted Source for medicinal purposes.

Some researchers believe that passionflower supplements may help treat anxietyinsomnia, and certain forms of pain because it may increase levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical the brain makes to help regulate mood.

GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitterTrusted Source — it counters neurotransmitters that cause excitement, and so it may have a calming effect.

Passionflower contains GABA. However, consuming GABA in this way does not necessarily mean that the acid will reach the brain.

Traditionally, scientists believed that GABA could not cross the blood-brain barrier, but some studies have had contradictoryTrusted Source results.


Some evidence suggests that one type of passionflower, P. incarnata may help reduce anxiety and improve sleep.

It may also have other benefits, including reducing menopause and epilepsy symptoms.

People can use passionflower supplements with other anxiety treatments, but always speak with a doctor about possible interactions.

Passionflower supplements are available in some health food stores and online.

Last medically reviewed on November 23, 2018

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