Using Passionflower for Gout Relief and Prevention
The passionflower is a flowering plant that has been used medicinally for anxiety and insomnia therapy and also to ease upset stomachs.
Passionflower for Gout Relief and Prevention
The calming effects of passionflower can help counteractive the stress your body is currently undergoing due to elevated uric acid levels and your immune response to produce inflammation for a gout flare up. During this time of stress your body is unable to react appropriately, leading to bodily systems functioning poorly causing you to lose sleep, be in continued pain and to be unable to remove uric acid in the body. Reducing the level of stress on your body and immune system can help provide relief from a current gout flare up as well as prevent future attacks.
Research Supporting Passionflower and Gout Relief and Prevention
A study conducted on surgical patients observed the effects of passionflower taken for stress therapy. The results found that passionflower was effective in decreasing stress and anxiety levels therefore helping in patient recovery.
The above-ground parts (flowers, leaves, and stems) of passionflower can be found dried or fresh.
Passionflower Supplement Variations
Passionflower is available in the following supplements variations:
- Liquid Extract
- Capsules (powdered)
How to Use Passionflower for Gout Relief and Prevention
Passionflower can be consumed as a tea or in capsule form for convenience and ease.
Passionflower is an herb that is considered safe, however trigger side-effects and can interact with other herbs, supplements or medications. If you are at risk of concerned about the effects of passionflower, speak to your health care provider about proper usage. Studies have not been conducted on the safety of passionflower usage for children or pregnant and breastfeeding women, therefore it is advised that you avoid usage.
Passionflower can cause some side-effects that include dizziness, confusion, irregular muscle activity, altered consciousness, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and an abnormal heart rate.
Interactions with other Medications
Passionflower interacts with the following medications:
- Sedatives. Because passionflower affects your central nervous system, it can induce sleepiness and drowsiness. When taken with sedatives it can increase the likelihood of fatigue or falling sleep.