Natural order. Passifloraceae. Common name. Passion flower. Habitat. Chiefly Virginia and southern Kentucky, in dry soil. Preparation. Tincture from the leaves of plant growing on uplands.
GENERAL ANALYSIS AND THERAPEUTICS.
Allopathic and Eclectic authorities inform us that Passiflora given in large doses causes spasms and paralysis, and without any attempt to explain the modus operandi of its therapeutic action add that “it acts as a narcotic and anti-spasmodic in moderate doses.” Probably, in the absence of provings, no further argument is required to prove the homoeopathicity of the drug to those conditions in which it has mostly been employed and where it has proved of inestimable value.
Probably, from a general standpoint, it is our most efficient remedy for insomnia when resulting from nervousness, mental worry or excitement or from exhaustion. Also in infants and the aged. It is of little value in sleeplessness from pain. It induces a perfectly natural sleep, from which the patient awakens rested and refreshed. Convulsions and other neuroses of childhood; worm fever; teething etc. Hysteria. Tetanus. Puerperal convulsions. Asthma. It does not usually act well in the full-blood or plethoric, but rather in those who are weak and enfeebled, a general atonic condition prevailing. Usually a dose of from fifteen to thirty drops is required, repeated frequently until results are obtained.
Compare. Coffea., Hyoscyamus