Passionflower Menopause Benefits-DrAxe

  • Studies have been conducted that show that passion flower can treat menopausal symptoms, such as vasomotor signs (hot flashes and night sweats), insomnia, depression, anger and headaches, and it may be an alternative to conventional hormone therapy. (DrAxe)
  • Feelings of anxiety and depression, often caused by low levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is a chemical in the brain, are associated with menopause. Passion flower may help by increasing the levels of GABA. When the levels of GABA are increased, it helps decrease the activity of some of those depression-inducing brain cells. (DrAxe)
  • The alkaloids in passion flower also may prevent the production of monoamine oxidase, which is exactly what anti-depressant medication tries to do. Studies have shown that it may reduce depression, a common problem for women in menopause, including research conducted on animal models. (DrAxe)
  • Another study showed that passion flower may reduce those annoying hot flashes. The study used various herbal remedies, and the results showed that anise, licorice rootblack cohoshred clover, evening primrose, flaxseed, St. John’s wort, valerian and passion flower may alleviate hot flashes in those who are menopausal as well as those who are premenopausal. (DrAxe)