Category: Ayurveda

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

Top Health Benefits of Yoga and Ayurveda

Overview

The hectic schedule of the modern lifestyle has made harder for individuals to live an active as well as a healthy lifestyle. In recent years, Scientists have invented so many techniques with the help of which individuals can perform multiple tasks with a single click. Basically, these things were invented to improve people’s way of living but such advancements lead to a negative impact on individuals’ lifestyles. The people are becoming lazy day by day. Most of the people do not like to cook food at their homes. They prefer packed food over Home-made food and it is readily available everywhere in the market.

These types of food contain different types of harmful additives and flavoring agents which are mainly used to enhance the taste. These chemical agents have a harmful impact on health. Therefore, a significant proportion of individuals in this generation is unhealthy and unwell. However, people often opine that it is very expensive to maintain a healthy body with a natural lifestyle. But this thinking of people is completely wrong, each and every individual can live a natural and healthy life with the help of Yoga and Ayurveda. Ayurveda is the most Ancient Medicine System used to live a healthy and natural life. Whereas, Yoga is a part of Ayurveda which is basically used for decreasing the physical stress and calming of the mind. Some people also consider Ayurveda as ‘Sister Science’ of Yoga. A person can achieve the goal of a healthy body with the help of Ayurveda practitioner through Ayurvedic methods such as Herbal medicines, Yoga, Massage, and Medication.

Health Benefits of Yoga

Following are the Top Benefits of Yoga:(فوائد اليوغا)

1.Improves Flexibility:

The first and foremost benefit of Yoga is that it improves the flexibility of the body. It is often seen that on the first day of Yoga, a person can’t touch his or her toes. But if a person keeps on doing Yoga regularly then he or she can assume gradual loosening. He or She can also notice that pains and aches start disappearing.

2.Helps in Building muscle strength:

Strong muscles not only protect us from many health disorders like back pain and arthritis but strong muscles also look good. Some people also think that Gym is the best way for the building of muscle strength. But such flexibility is not long-lasting. However, the flexibility gained by Yoga is long-lasting and it also prevents falls in older individuals.

3.Prevention of cartilage and joint breakdown:

When a person is doing Yoga then he or she is moving his or her joints in full motion. By doing this a person moves his or her body’s those cartilages that normally do not move, all these movements prevent arthritis problems.

4.Improve the flow of Blood:

Yoga improves blood flow, especially in hands and feet. It also supplies more amount of oxygen to body cells. There are so many types of Yoga exercises that are characterized by inverted poses. These poses encourage venous blood to flow back to the heat from the pelvis and legs.

5.Boosts immunity:

Yoga increases contracting as well as stretching the power of the muscles. When a person is doing Yoga he or she moves his organs which enhances the drainage of the viscous fluid that is present in immune cells. This helps the body to fight against various types of infection. It also destroys carcinogenic cells and disposes of toxin products that are present inside the body. It also helps in improving heart rate.

Following are the Top Benefits of Ayurveda(الفوائد الصحية للأيورفيدا)

1.Natural Approach:

Ayurveda wants to make people understand that anyone can stay healthy with natural methods of living. If a person is facing any type of health issue then it is due to the imbalance between three basic energies of life. This unbalancing is not a one-night occurrence. When a person understands the real reason behind these imbalances he or she can maintain it with the help of a properly balanced diet and by avoiding junk food such as burgers, pizza and so on.

2.Reduce toxins amount in the body:

According to Ayurveda, there are three different types of toxins present in the human body. The most common toxin present in the body is known as Ama that is mainly produced due to the improper digestion of the wrong food. These toxins keep on generating for a long time and after some time they start regulating throughout the body and cause various types of diseases. However, different types of practices of Ayurveda like eating the largest meal during day time when the sun is at its highest will prevent the formation of toxins.

3.Reduce Stress :

If a person is not eating properly then its digestive fire (Agni) starts decreasing and after some time a person starts feeling tired and uncomfortable which causes different types of health disorders. Whereas, with the help of diet and practices suggested by Ayurveda person can reduce the overall stress of the mind.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Ayurveda

Ayurveda Encourage to love Yourself:

It encourages people to love themselves. Ayurveda believes that each and every individual is unique in their own. There are three different types of Doshas present in the Human body and every individual is a unique mixture of these doshas with 1 dosha being more prominent than the others. While Ayurveda helps to maintain these Doshas because each dosha has its own merits.

VATA:

This dosha is responsible for the quick learning of knowledge but it is also responsible for quick forgetting. The individuals in which this dosha is more their skin and hair are dry. When this dosha is in balance in a person then he or she is full of enthusiasm and joy. But when it is not balanced then it causes stress and anxiety.

PITTA:

This Dosha is responsible for the sharp mind and good concentration. A person becomes more aggressive, pushy, and demanding when this dosha is not balanced. The affected person feels uncomfortable in the hot weather. Excessive heat makes him or her more tired. The main symptoms of the unbalancing of this dosha are Acne, Ulcers, Rashes, Heartburn, and boils.

KAPHA:

This dosha is responsible for the immunity of the body against different types of infections. But people with an excess amount of this dosha are more prone to depression and they do not like cold weather. Due to the unbalancing of this dosha in the body, a person may suffer from many physical conditions like Cold, Sinus, Asthma, and other respiratory problems.

Note

Ayurveda plays a great role in the balancing of these doshas and protects people from many diseases.