Passionflower

Passiflora incarnata

Sleep problems with anxiety

Passionflower is traditionally taken to aid insomnia - especially when sleep troubles are accompanied by nervousness or anxiety - so it is ideally suited to those whose insomnia has an emotional basis. Although there hasn't been much scientific research into passionflower's actions, there is some preliminary data to support its traditional applications.

Herbalists commonly prescribe passionflower in combination with other relaxing herbs, such as valerian. 0 DOS To treat insomnia, infuse 2 g dried passionflower leaves in boiling water and drink 1 cup an hour before bedtime. For anxiety, take the same dose twice more during the day. Like valerian, passionflower may take several weeks to achieve optimal effect.

Cautions

• Do not exceed the recommended dose of the herbs listed here.

• If you are taking pharmaceutical tranquillizers, sedatives or antidepressants, do not take the herbs listed here, except under professional supervision. If you are taking anticoagulant medication, do not use passionflower except under professional supervision.

• If valerian worsens insomnia and/or causes exceptionally vivid dreams, discontinue it and try an alternative herb.

• If you suffer from depression, do not use hops, except on professional advice.

• Allergic symptoms sometimes occur from contact with hops, and may include dermatitis and respiratory symptoms.

• Do not use hops if you have a history of hormone-sensitive tumors or are taking anti-estrogenic medication.

• Do not use these herbs if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, except under the advice of a healthcare professional.

Headache and migraine

Whether you suffer from headache or migraine frequently or occasionally, an herbal alternative may bring welcome relief.

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