Passiflora Incarnata L.

Nota de alcance (en)

Origins: Thickets, fence lines, edge of woods, and wastelands.

Uses: This plant has been used as an antispasmodic, sedative, and a treatment for neuralgia and epilepsy. Also, the drug has been used to reduce blood pressure and to increase the rate of respiration.


The aerial parts of this plant are valued for their tranquilizing and anti-spasmodic effects. It was long used by Incas and other Native Americans and today is recommended by herbalists for insomnia and anxiety. The elaborate structure of the flower was thought to be symbolic of the Passion of Christ, ergo the name. The vine also is known as Maypop. The plant was dropped from the U.S. National Formulary in 1936, and it was banned as a sleep aid by the FDA in 1978; however, Commission E in Germany approves use of passion flower for nervousness and insomnia. Passion flower extract may prove helpful in treating general anxiety disorder. A related plant ornamental plant Passiflora caerulea contains cyanide.

Part used::
Aerial parts, Flowers



Native of South-east America; grown in Indian gardens.


Flowering and fruiting dried herb—mild sedative, hypnotic, tranquilizer, hypotensive, vasodilator, antispasmodic, anodyne, anti-inflammatory,

Nota bibliográfica (en)

1) A guide to medicinal plants of  Appalachia/ Krochmal, Arnold; Walter, Russel S.; Doughty, Richard M.: USA: U.S.D.A Forest Service:,1959

2) Hull, Kathleen; Photog. Hull, Meredith /Indiana Medical History Museum: Guide to the Medicinal Plant Garden./ USA: Indiana Medical History Museum. 2010. -- p. 58.

Passiflora Incarnata L.
Término aceptado: 08-Feb-2019