Multiple all natural or alternative treatments exist for anxiety disorders, including herbs like Chamomile, Valerian, and St. John’s Wort. One of the better natural treatments is Passion Flower. Passion Flower has been used for hundreds of years by Native Americans for symptoms of pain and insomnia. Today, Passion Flower can also be used to alleviate the symptoms of panic attacks, stress or nervousness.
It also happens to be a very safe alternative to prescribed drugs. The FDA considers Passion Flower to be GRAS, or generally known as safe. Overdose or reactions are rare, however, it is recommended that adults ingest no more than 200 mg per day. Grown in tropical regions and typically found on a woody hard vine and produces a fruit similar to a berry. It is commonly dried, mixed with herbs like Valerian, and drank in a soothing tea. It can also be made into caplets for ingestion.
It is believed that the Flavanoids like Vitexin and Chrysin that are found in the plant actually act as a sedative deep in the nervous system. One of the benefits of taking Passion Flower is that it does not cause drowsiness, so it can be taken during the day or while working. Instead, the Passion Flower helps achieve a natural mood balance.
Because the Passion Flower and other alternative medicines are growing in popularity, it can be purchased in many different places. Local health food stores and larger organic grocers carry it in both tea form and caplets. It can also be found at drug store chains like Walgreens or CVS in the supplement section of the pharmacy. Amazon.com has Passion Flower for sale, as do many other websites. Just be sure you are purchasing from a reputable source so that you are getting pure and natural Passion Flower.