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Passiflora – Health Benefits, Medicinal Properties and Uses

Passiflora

Introduction

Passiflora: In the 15th century, Spanish missionaries in Peru coined the term Passiflora. He saw this unusual flower as a symbol of crucifixionThe Passion of Christ. Its five petals and 5 sepal arrangement give the appearance of 10 apostles of Jesus Christ (excluding Judas and Peter), five anthers represent the five sacred wounds of Jesus Christ, 3 stigma represent the 3 nails which held the Jesus on cross, tendril of flowers resemble the whips used in flagellation and the filament resembles the crown of the thorns.

Passiflora

Description

It is a perennial vine. The Stems are long, trailing, smooth or pubescent; possessing many tendrils. Its leaves may be 3-lobed or 5-lobed. Petals are bluish-white in color with white and purple corona. Flowers are self-sterile and are often pollinated by Bumblebees and Carpenter bees, fleshy fruit is an oval-yellowish berry, of the size of a hen egg having many seeds. The fruit has scanty pulp in it with a sweetly tart taste. Its color is green at first but it changes to yellow when it matures.  It is mainly found in thickets, near riverbanks, near unmowed pastures, roadsides, disturbed areas, and railroads, with lots of available sunlight. It is not found in shady areas.

Cultivation

It is easily cultivated and is native to the southeastern United States extending into the central portion of the US reaching Illino is Indiana and Ohio. The plants grow in well-drained sandy soil and in sunny areas. It can be planted all year in zone 7-11 (hardiness zone). The plant seeds in the spring season.

Traditional Use

It is used to heal cuts and bruises. It is used as a powerful nervine tonic to treat stress and anxiety.It has also been used traditionally to provide relief to women who are experiencing menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and insomnia.

Latin Name – Passiflora Foetida

Family – Passifloraceae

English Name – Passion Flower, Maypop, Wild-Passion-Fruit, Love-In-A-Mist

Classification

Kingdom – Plantae

Family – Passifloraceae

Genus – Passiflora L.

Common Name – Mukkopeera

Habitat – South America

It is widely used in Ayurveda and alternative medicinal practices as a natural herb and it potentially resolves various health issues.

Useful Part

  • Leaves and stems are very useful
  • The whole plant is very useful
  • At the end of summer, a gathering of aerial parts of the plant is done.

The Action of Passiflora on Our Body

  •  Each part of the plant possesses the specific property and has specific pharmacological action on our body.
  • It has antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, hypnotic, antispasmodic, anti-anxiety, mildly sedative, powerful anti-oxidant

Chemical Composition

Passiflora contains traces of indole alkaloids which include Harman as the main constituent along with Harmine and Harmaline constituents, tiny percentage of maltol and it also contains various flavonoids up to 2.5 percent.

Indications

 It is used in cases of neuralgic pains associated with debility, nervous headache, hysteria, generalized seizures, convulsive movements, oppressed breathing, spasmodic asthma, irritation of brain and nervous system, exhaustion from cerebral fullness, Sleeplessness due to overwork, tetanus, infantile nervous irritation, nervous tachycardia, cardiac palpitation or insomnia.

Therapeutic Classification Index

It has following therapeutic benefits on the Central nervous system, Digestive system, and musculoskeletal system –

  1. Central Nervous System – It reduces stress. Its fruit contains Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN)which is useful in treating headaches and insomnia. It is the herb of choice for treating insomnia.
  2. Digestive System –Fruit is emetic in nature.
  3. Musculoskeletal System – In moderate doses, it acts as an anti-spasmodic with somewhat narcotic nature.

Passiflora as a Sedative

It is a good rest producing agent. It is useful in restlessness and to overcome wakefulness.  It is used in cases of insomnia occurring in infants and old people. It is useful in headache or sleeplessness that occurred due to overwork. It relieves the nervous system and provides peaceful and restful sleep to the patient and on the next day the patient awakens refreshed and quite.

Passiflora as an Antispasmodic Herb

It is very useful in the neuralgic type of pain. It has shown good results in relieving rectal pain, cardiac pain, spasmodic and neuralgic dysmenorrhea, facial neuralgia. It is also associated with or not associated with spasmodic action. It is also proved useful in many reflexes painful conditions incidents with menopause and pregnancy. It is also beneficial in nervous headache, cerebral fullness and also the headache of debility.

Use of Passiflora in Convulsions

 It is proved to be very useful in convulsive disorders. It has shown very good results in treating tetanus, occurring in both man and horse.  In case if any warming sign of convulsion occurs to you, then, in this case, it is given in full doses as in this condition this remedy proves to be of considerable value, but once the attack has started then it is of no use. But it has shown good results in treating all stages of convulsions. It has shown good control in spasms occurring in childhood, irrespective of the reason, whether due to worms, due to dentition or due to any undigested ailment.  In1896, Dr. Holmes reported a case of post-partum puerperal eclampsia in which a patient had two convulsions before but by the hypodermatic use of two drachms of Passiflora (Passiflora Incarnata), the patient got relief. It has proved to be successful in hysteria with spasmodic movements along with whooping cough in association with convulsions.

Preparation and Dosage

 It is available in Powder, Capsule and Liquid form

1. To Treat – Insomnia

Infusion – Take 1 Cup boiling water, then add 1 teaspoon of dried Plant. Leave it for 5-10 minutes to infuse then strain. Take One Cup at bedtime.

2. To Treat – Palpitations, Nervous Agitations, and Vegetative Dystonia

Infusion – Take One Cup – Three times a day.

Tincture – (1:8 In 25% Alcohol) – Take 25 drops in a glass of Water – Three times daily.

Cautions

No side effects have been reported till now if used in therapeutic doses.

“The great thing about Ayurveda is that its treatments always yield side benefits, not side effects.”

Shubhra Krishan

What are Cd4 cells? How is Ayurveda useful for increasing CD4 levels?

CD4 cells are known as white blood cells that play a major role in the functioning of the immune system. Sometimes CD4 cells are also called T-lymphocytes, T-cells or helper cells. The level of CD4 cells indicates the health of the immune system while our body is capable of combating infection, pathogens, and diseases.

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CD4 cell counts

The CD4 cell count is measured in cubic millimeters of blood. The count of CD4 cells can vary from person to person. There are various reasons for low CD4 count, it can be sleep loss, excessive smoking, and exercise. These are not the main reasons that indicate the functioning of the immune system. If someone has a flu-like infection, they should go for a test to evaluate the CD4 cell.

CD4 cell counts and risk of infections

As we discussed earlier, the CD4 count tells us about the immunity and body’s defense mechanism against infections. So, the following are the different levels of CD4 which indicate the risk of infection at different levels. Some infections which are developed by the imbalanced level of CD4 count are lung infections, skin infections, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and cytomegalovirus, etc.

How Ayurveda can boost the CD4 level?

Ayurveda provides various herbs to help to boost the CD4 level naturally. Some herbs are giloy, ashwagandha, Brahmi and Bhumi alma, etc which makes the body fight against infection and maintain a healthy level of CD4. These herbs are also used in the manufacture of Ayurvedic products. Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal products that contain pure herbs and are very effective in maintaining the CD4 level in the body.

The products provided by Planet Ayurveda are the following

  1. Immune Booster Capsules
  2. Giloy Capsules
  3. Ashwagandha Capsules
  4. Green Essential Capsules
  5. Brahmi Chyawanprash
  6. Suvarna Basant Malti Ras
  7. Kanchnaar Guggul

Cd4 Level Supplement

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1. Immune Booster Capsules

These capsules contain a mixture of various herbs such as Bhumi amla (Phyllanthusniruri), Grape seeds (Vitis vinifera), Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis) and Go- Piyush (Bovine colostrums). As the name indicates, these capsules are immunity boosters Capsules and make the body able to fight against infections. Thus, maintain the healthy level of CD4 which get affected due to the presence of infections in the body. It also helps to remove the toxins from the body and protect damage from free radicals. It is very beneficial in the treatment of almost all health diseases.

Dosage: Two capsules once or twice in a day with water after meals.

2. Giloy Capsules

Giloy Capsules are made of using the standardized extract of herb Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia). It helps to balances the Pitta and Vata dosha in the body. It also possesses antioxidant and astringent properties. It helps to boost platelet and CD4 count in the body, as it combats almost every infection in the body. It acts as an immunity booster. It is very effective in conditions such as dyspepsia pyrexia, urinary infections, swine flu, and weakness.

Dosage: One capsule, twice daily, with water after meals

3.Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha, in Ayurveda known for its various beneficial effects in many of the diseases. These capsules are made of the pure standardized extract of the herb Ashwagandha (Withaniasomnifera). It possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also acts immune booster. Ashwagandha Capsules is a natural Rejuvenator that provides strength and nutrition to the body. These capsules balance the Vata dosha and also helps to maintain the level of CD4 in the blood.

Dosage: Two capsules, twice daily, with water after meals

4. Green Essential Capsules

Green Essential Capsules are prepared by using pure herbs such as Spirulina (Spirulinaplatensis), Grape Seed (Vitis vinifera), Amla (Emblica Officinalis) and Wheat Grass (Triticulumaestivum). These herbs support the generation of Raktadhatu. It helps to increase the platelet level and CD4 level in the body, as it helps in the formation of blood. It ac as an immune and energy booster. It is also very effective in the treatment of allergy, diabetes, anemia and various infections. It works as a detoxifier and also possesses an antioxidant property that removes harmful toxins from the body.

Dosage: Two capsules, twice daily, with water after meals

5. Brahmi Chyawanprash

Brahmi Chyawanprash is the combination of many effective herbs such as Brahmi (Bacopamonnieri), Punarnava (Boerhaviadiffusa), Ashwagandha (Withaniasomnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Bhumi amla (Phyllanthusniruri), Vasaka (Adhatodavasica), Dalchini (Cinnamomumverum), Chandan (Santalum album), Pipali (Piper longum), Kesar (Crocus sativus), Akarkara (Anacyclus pyrethrum), and Sharkara (Saccharumofficinarum), and many more. These herbs have their action in autoimmune disorder, so act as a strong immunity booster. It possesses immunomodulatory, antioxidant and rejuvenating properties. Due to the presence of these herbs, it becomes rich in minerals and vitamins (Vitamin C). It is effective in various conditions like blood disorder, tuberculosis, lung injury, and various infections.

Dosages: One tablespoonful twice daily

6. Suvarna Basant Malti Ras

These tablets consist of various ingredients such as Maricha (Piper nigrum), Bhavanadrava, Swarnabhasma, sudhahingula, Muktabhasma, Nimbuswarasa, and Kharparabhasma. It acts as antibiotics and fights against various infections. It balances the imbalance between Kapha and Vata dosha in the body. It is a strong immune modulator and immune booster. It possesses anti-aging and rejuvenating property. Suvarna Basant Malti Ras tablet helps to maintain the healthy level of CD4 count in the body. It is beneficial in various conditions such as malaria fever, typhoid fever, cough, bronchitis, common cold, and chronic asthma.

Dosage: Two tablets twice after a meal along with honey.

7. Kanchnaar Guggul

These tablets are made of many herbs such as Kachnar bark (Bauhinia variegata), Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Pippali (Piper longum), Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) and Varuna (Crataevareligiosa). Kanchanaar Guggul tablets act as a detoxifier and eliminate toxins from the body. It provides many health benefits and effective in the treatment of many diseases like atherosclerosis, skin diseases, lower high cholesterol, and arthritis.

Dosage: Two tablets twice or thrice a day with lukewarm water