Passiflora is a genus of about 500 species of flowering plants. The majority are vines but include herbaceous and shrub types.with some being shrubs. Passion flowers have a singular structure, whilst some are self-pollinating, most require pollination via bees or hummingbirds. Dependent on the type, most species have circular or ovoid edible fruit ranging from two to eight inches long and an inch to two inches across. Passion flower has a tranquilising effect on the nervous system and is indicated specifically for anxiety and insomnia. It is a non habit forming remedy for anxiety; passion flower has been used for assisting in alleviating alcohol, nicotine and opiate withdrawal. The gentle action cause it to be considered for anxiety based insomnia prior to using Valerian.
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