Passion Flower for Seizures
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is an herb used for anxiety, insomnia and seizures.
The current pharmacologic treatment of seizures has many side effects and 30% of patients have seizures with treatment. Herbal products can be used with drugs and in a study, passionflower extract (Pasipay) was studied against seizures.
At the dose of .4 mg/kg, the passionflower extract (Pasipay) was found to delay the onset of seizures and reduce their duration. At .4 mg/kg, seizure and mortality protection was good.
CONCLUSION: Passionflower extract is a useful treatment for absence seizures. This is believed to be due to GABAergic and opioid effects.
NOTE: Valium is diazepam (a benzodiazepine) and benzodiazepines are known GABA inhibitory receptors. Active flavonoids include homoorientin, orientin, vitexin, and isovitexin.
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