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(Extraído de nccam.nih.gov)

Common Names: 

passionflower, Maypop, apricot vine, old field apricot, maracuja, water lemon

Latin Name: 

Passiflora incarnata L.


This fact sheet provides basic information about passionflower—common names, what the science says, potential side effects and cautions, and resources for more information.

Sixteenth-century Spanish explorers learned of passionflower in Peru. Native peoples of the Americas used passionflower for boils, wounds, earaches, and liver problems. Today, passionflower is promoted as a folk or traditional remedy for anxiety, stress, and sleep, as well as for heart ailments, asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, burns, and hemorrhoids.

Passionflower is available dried (which can be used to make tea), or as liquid extract, capsules, or tablets.


What the Science Says

  • Passionflower’s effect on anxiety has not been studied extensively. A 2009 systematic review of two studies that included 198 people compared the ability of passionflower and two drugs to reduce anxiety. It concluded that the three substances had about the same degree of minimal effectiveness.
  • There is not enough evidence to draw conclusions about passionflower for cardiovascular conditions, asthma, hemorrhoids, burns, or sleep.


Side Effects and Cautions

  • Passionflower is generally considered to be safe but may cause dizziness and confusion.
  • Taking passionflower with a sedative may increase the risk of excessive sleepiness.
  • Passionflower should not be used during pregnancy as it may induce contractions.
  • Tell all your health care providers about any complementary health approaches you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care. For tips about talking with your health care providers about complementary health approaches, see NCCAM’s Time to Talk campaign.



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