Passiflora, known also as the passion flowers or passion vines, is a genus of about 550 species of flowering plants, the type genus of the family Passifloraceae.

They are mostly tendril-bearing vines, with some being shrubs or trees. They can be woody or herbaceous. Passion flowers produce regular and usually showy flowers with a distinctive corona. The flower is pentamerous and ripens into an indehiscent fruit with numerous seeds. For more information about the fruit of the Passiflora plant, see passionfruit.

Why it is called ‘Krishna Kamal?’

  • It is believed with reference of Hindu epic ‘Mahabharata’ that:

  • There are about 100 of blue petals – one for each of the Kauravas.

  • 5 of the yellow ones in the centre – one for each of the Pandavas.

  • The green bulb in the centre symbolises Draupadi, the queen of Pandava

  • The three filaments are for the holy trinity of Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva

  • The radial in the centre is the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Krishna.

  • Its colour, fragrance, shape, the vine, the leaves; everything about it is simply unique and magically beautiful

Medicinal Uses of Krishna Kamal Flower

Passion flower is a beautiful ornamental plant which is cultivated for its impressive white, blue, purple flowers, edible fruits, and medicinal properties. It is suggested to use the whole plant either dried or fresh for medicinal purposes.

The plant was initially used by Native Americans as a tonic, relaxant, and tranquilizer. Later it reached Europe and now it is listed in the pharmacopeia’s of Great Britain, United States, India, France, Germany, Switzerland, and others.

This herb is particularly beneficial in the management of disorders related to the brain.

Important Medicinal Properties

Passiflora incarnata is rich in medicinal properties. The understanding of these properties will help us to better utilize this herb. These also indicate the conditions in which we should avoid it.

For example, the aerial parts are hypo-tensive and lower blood pressure and therefore the use of herb should be avoided in hypotension. Also, it must not be taken in excess due to sedative and tranquilizing action.

Below are important medicinal properties along with the meaning.

  • Anti-addictive: Used to prevent or treat addiction, stops chemical reactions that cause nausea and vomiting because of withdrawal from cocaine, heroin or opiate painkillers.

  • Antiasthmatic: Treat or prevent asthma attacks.

  • Anticonvulsant: Prevent or reduce the severity of epileptic fits or other convulsions.

  • Antidepressant: Used to alleviate depression.

  • Antidiabetic: Control blood glucose levels amongst people with diabetes.

  • Antiepileptic: Significantly reduces the severity of seizures.

  • Anti-inflammatory: Reduces inflammation.

  • Antitussive

  • Anxiolytic

  • Hypoglycemic

  • Hypolipidemic

  • Hypotensive

  • Sedative

  • Vasodilator

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