Passionflower - Passiflora incarnata
Passionflower has been used as a calmative and sleeping aid for over 200 years by herbalists in Texas, Mexico and Central America. Passionflower relieves muscle tension, lowers blood pressure and calms anxiety.
Passionflower is also a source of chrysin, a chemical that helps the body release testosterone. Chrysin stimulates the production of testosterone, and thus can seldom aggravate conditions caused by excessive testosterone (baldness and prostate problems in men, unusual aggression, hair growth, and skin problems in men and women). Passionflower is most appropriate for men who have conditions such as gynecomastia (enlargement of the breasts) caused by excessive estrogen.
Passionflower is the herbal remedy of choice for treating nausea and vomiting resulting from withdrawal from Vicodin, cocaine, heroin, or opiate painkillers and may also help withdrawal from alcohol.
It may also help in attention deficit disorder and restless legs syndrome, and help for nerve pain caused by post-herpetic neuralgia, the sometimes intense pain following outbreaks of shingles.