Passionflower herb (Passiflorae herba)

Published November 30, 1985; Revised March 13, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Passiflorae herba, passionflower herb.

Composition of Drug

Passionflower herb consists of fresh or dried, above-ground parts of Passiflora incarnata L. [Fam. Passifloraceae], as well as their preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains flavonoids (vitexin), maltol, coumarin derivatives, and small amounts of essential oil.

The content of harman alkaloids varies; it must not exceed 0.01 percent.


Nervous restlessness.


None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Daily dosage:

4 - 8 g of herb; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Comminuted herb for tea and other preparations for internal use.


A motility-inhibiting effect has been observed in animal experiments.