Passiflora tincture - what it is and how it works
Wednesday, 5 September 2018 | Editor
What is Passiflora?
A.Vogel's Passiflora tincture contains 70% fresh, aerial parts of Passiflora (Passiflora incarnata) and 30% fresh Avena sativa (oat plant), both of which are organic.
How does Passiflora work?
Passiflora contains unique alkaloids, flavonoids and sterols, which work together to help relax both mind and muscles, potentially normalising high blood pressure too.
A Sedative effect
Passiflora also contains maltol and ethylmaltol, which have a sedative effect on the central nervous system. As with many herbs, however, the action of the individual constituents is not
apparent except in collaboration with the other constituents - so the alkaloids and flavonoid fractions are needed alongside one another, in a whole-plant extract, to produce the desired effects.
Another alkaloid, harmine, is thought to have MAOI activity, helping to calm mental processes and producing a happier state of mind. This may also contribute to the beneficial effect on blood pressure, as it has a mildly dilating effect on the coronary arteries.
Passiflora Complex also contains Avena sativa. This herb comes from the_green part Gltbe
oat plant, has a sedative effect on the central nervous system, and helps to relax smooth muscle
around the body.
Who can take Passiflora?
Passiflora Complex can be used in children from the age of two upwards. Passiflora Complex is not associated with side effects and is only contraindicated with similar medication, e.g. tranquillisers or sedatives.
Passiflora can be taken long-term- for as long as it is needed and as long as it is helping.
How does Passiflora differ from our other stress remedies?
Passiflora used together with Avena sativa (as in A Vogel's Passiflora Complex) is thought to be more effective than when used singly, for example with AvenaCalm.
Passiflora works through a different pathway to Valerian. lt works to excite or activate 'calming
mechanisms' rather than calming the exciting triggers or activating mechanisms (the neurotransmitter GABA for instance), as Valerian does.
Hence, anyone who has used Valerian and found it to be agitating will most likely benefit from
using Passiflora instead.
Nowadays many of us are stressed as a result of busy work schedules and family routines, but do we really understand the extent of the damage stress can do across the various systems of our body? From our mood to our muscles and joints, chronic stress especially can really take its toll.
Stress is not just an issue for overworked adults, as teenagers and even younger children are now being struck down more and more by feelings of stress or anxiety. Luckily, however, there are herbal solutions out there for younger individuals and adults alike. Passiflora, or passionflower, is well known for its gentle, non-addictive, sedative effects, helping to calm stressed individuals by promote relaxation in both body and mind. Easy to use due to its lack of contraindications and side effects, it's a very popular choice.