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Passion Flower is important in clinical, folk, and homeopathic medicine systems. But, one of the lesser-known historical Shamanic uses of this plant is it's potency as an MAO inhibitor with very particular Teaching Plants, such as the ones used to make Ayahuasca medicine.
Ayahuasca has recently been approved as a legal religious sacrament in the USA, but it's roots are in the Amazon in South America, and with the Santo Daime Church, which uses Ayahuasca as their main sacrament, and Passion Flower. With its MAOI activity, Passion Flower has gained popularity in an alternative to B. Caapi as an additive.
Passiflora incarnata has a perennial root, and the herbaceous shoots bear three-lobed, finely-serrated leaves and flesh-colored or yellowish, sweet-scented flowers, tinged with purple. The ripe, orange-colored, ovoid, many-seeded berry is about the size of a small apple. The yellow pulp is sweet and edible. There appears to be no detailed analysis of this species, but its active principle, which has been called passiflorine, may have calming effects.
WARNING: MAOI's interfere with the action of the MAO enzymes and stops the breakdown of toxic substances. This can make certain foods and medicines to become toxic if consumed in large quantities (1.2 of a bottle at once would be considered a “large” quantity.) We offer this liquid extract/tincture it in a convenient 1 ounce bottle at a 5x potency.
Size: 1 fl. oz./30 ml