Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is often used as a ‘herbal sedative’ to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia and relieve nervous irritability arising from prolonged illnesses, menstrual disturbances and mental overwork. Passionflower also enhances REM sleep, resulting in freshness on waking and has been found to be useful for treating addiction to morphine, ethanol, nicotine, cannabinoids and diazepam. Passionflower is a good source of bioflavonoids, such as quercetin and contains benzoflavones that form complexes with metals and industrial toxins and inhibit the conversion of androgens to estrogens, resulting in aphrodisiac and testosterone boosting properties that enhances virility and sexual function.
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