Last update Oct. 19, 2014

Passion Flower

Low Risk

Moderately safe. Probably compatible. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

At latest update, relevant information on excretion into breast milk was not found.

Aerial summits of this climbing plant are used. Constituents are: flavonoids, pyranics, heterosides, alkaloids.

Attributed effects with only weak scientific evidence on effectiveness are: sedative, hypnotic, anti-spasmodic.

Because of paucity of data on toxicity, recommendations done are to use it at low doses for short term periods. The European Medicines Agency does not authorize its use for children younger than 12 years old , pregnancy and breastfeeding.

When used while breastfeeding, it is recommended to use it at low dose for a short-term period. Following-up the infant for sedation is recommended.


We do not have alternatives for Passion Flower.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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Passion Flower belongs to this group or family:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Passion Flower in its composition:


  1. EMEA. Pasiflora. Ficha técnica 2008 Full text (in our servers)
  2. EMEA. Passionflower Drug Summary. 2008 Full text (in our servers)
  3. WHO. World Health Organization. Geneva. WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants. Volume 3. WHO monographs. 2007 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. [No authors listed] Management of insomnia: a place for traditional herbal remedies. Prescrire Int. 2005 Abstract
  5. Fisher AA, Purcell P, Le Couteur DG. Toxicity of Passiflora incarnata L. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 2000 Abstract
  6. Solbakken AM, Rørbakken G, Gundersen T. [Nature medicine as intoxicant]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1997 Abstract

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