Anxiety and Depression are two of the most common mental health concerns in our society.
Passiflora more commonly known as Passion Flower Nutritional Herbology has historically been used as a sedative known for its calming and relaxing properties.
It is used primarily on the nervous system, particularly for anxiety, depression, panic and worry.
Passion Flower soothes the nervous system enabling the users to have sound sleep.
Passion Flower has been used as a sedative to aid in the treatment of insomnia. Dried Passion Flower can also be used in herb pillows or sprinkled in a bath to help reduce depression, anxiety and stress. The stems are even eaten raw by adding it to salads.
Passion Flower is commonly sold as a tea in a dried form, it can be made as a tasty tea for truly holistic healing or strong decoction, some people have even been known to smoke it.
Additionally you can get Passion Flower in capsules or tablets.
Passion Flower exerts its calming effect by increasing the release of a particular neurotransmitter in the brain. Basically, some of the active phytochemicals in Passion Flower promote the release of GABA.
GABA or Gamma Aminobutyric Acid is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system.
This neurotransmitter lowers neuronal activity in certain brain cells.
When there is excessive brain activity, its presence produces calmness. Considered vital for calming stress responses.
This action has a quieting effect in the central nervous system and it reduces anxiety and relieves insomnia.
Popularly referred to as the body’s natural tranquiliser, frequently identified as the calming neurotransmitter).
Normally, the brain pumps out all the GABA we need. Unfortunately, due to a poor diet, exposure to environmental toxins, or other factors, levels of GABA may become depleted. Too little of this important compound may result in anxiety, irritability, and insomnia. A deficiency of GABA has also been linked to depression.
Do you have acute anxiety or panic attacks, or difficulty sleeping through the night or even the inability to experience pleasure in activities that normally produce it? If so, you may very well be suffering GABA deficiency symptoms.
Low levels of GABA can directly affect a person’s capability in handling stresses that are brought about on a day to day basis. So generally, deficient GABA levels can negatively affect a person’s life and performance.
GABA is manufactured in the body from another amino acid, glutamic acid.
GABA essentially acts as a tranquilizer in the body, and its effects are comparable to prescription drugs such as Valium and other tranquilizers.
Because GABA helps to subdue the firing of nerve cells in the brain, it may be useful for treatment of disorders thought to be linked to over stimulation of the brain’s motor centers, such as epilepsy and attention deficit disorder.
Outside the central nervous system, GABA is also responsible for regulating muscle tone. Therefore, increased secretion of GABA can also help relax the muscles. This calming effect on the muscles is the reason why passion flower is used in the treatment of seizures and epilepsy.
In homeopathic medicine Passion Flower was used to treat epilepsy.
GABA itself does not cause drowsiness. Instead, by easing anxiety, it simply makes it easier to fall asleep. Some research indicates that the popular insomnia-fighting herb, valerian, boosts GABA levels too. When specifically treating sleep disorders, some people like to rotate GABA with Valerian or Melatonin, the popular Hormone-based sleep supplement.
In a study participates with a sleep disorder ingested a mug of Passion Flower Tea for 1 week and noted their results. The conclusion was that it helped their sleeping.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before making decisions about using herbal therapies for health conditions.
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