[Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata L.)--a reliable herbal sedative]

Wien Med Wochenschr. 2002;152(15-16):404-6. doi: 10.1046/j.1563-258x.2002.02062.x.
[Article in German]


Extracts and fluid extracts from the aerial parts from Passiflora incarnata L. are widely used as components of herbal sedatives. Many pharmacological investigations confirm the sedative effects of Passiflorae herba. From some of the studies also anxiolytic effects can be deduced. As Passionflower is mainly used in combinations, clinical studies of the single drug are not available. Based on pharmacological data, the experiences of traditional use and the use in combinations Passiflora extracts are an important factor in the phytotherapy of tenseness, restlessness and irritability with difficulty in falling asleep.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / drug therapy*
  • Anxiety / etiology
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Humans
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives / adverse effects
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives / therapeutic use*
  • Passiflora* / adverse effects
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Extracts / adverse effects
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / etiology
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Hypnotics and Sedatives
  • Plant Extracts