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Passionflower: Herbal Remedies

Passionflower: Preparations and Dosage

Passionflower can be taken as an herbal remedy when dried or in its fresh form, depending on the usage. The following suggestions include some ways to ingest this powerful herb.

Passionflower Preparations and Dosage

Passionflower is dried for teas but is prepared from fresh or dry material when used in tinctures.

Passion Flower
Herbal Tea
For acute stress and anxiety, drink 2 to 4 cups per day for a week; then reduce the dosage or take less often

Tincture: For muscle tension and anxiety, take 30 to 60 drops (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon) of tincture twice a day or up to every two to three hours, depending on your response. Start with the smaller dose and increase the amount and frequency as needed.

Capsules: Take 2 capsules two or three times a day, with a larger dose an hour before bedtime for insomnia.

Passionflower Side Effects

Depression of the nervous system may result in fatigue and mental fogginess if you take too much passionflower for too long. Start with a low dose several times a day and increase as you learn how you respond to passionflower.

Passionflower Precautions and Warnings

Passionflower is generally considered to be nontoxic when used in moderation. Many herbalists prescribe three or four cups a day without any problems reported. Do not take passionflower if you are already taking prescription medication for anxiety or depression, as excessive sleepiness has been reported.

Also be aware that passionflower's close relative, blue passionflower, should not be used, as it does not have the same activity. When used correctly, passionflower can help reduce or relieve anxiety -- giving you focus to get through the day.

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Jennifer Brett, N.D. is director of the Acupuncture Institute for the University of Bridgeport, where she also serves on the faculty for the College of Naturopathic Medicine. A recognized leader in her field with an extensive background in treating a wide variety of disorders utilizing nutritional and botanical remedies, Dr. Brett has appeared on WABC TV (NYC) and on Good Morning America to discuss utilizing herbs for health.

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