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If you want to learn a lot about medicinal plants you don't have to travel very far.
You can simply go to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.
I'm here with doctor Michael -- like one of the most knowledgeable people I know in the field of medicinal plants.
He's the vice president and director of the institute of economic botany here.
And we are in front of him.
Passion flower love the name think it's one of the most beautiful and mysterious looking of all flowers.
You tell me about this amazing point.
Well not only is it -- notable fruit and it's quite tasty it has sort of tart taste you mash it -- put it in water.
At a little sugar or differences of fruit yeah but it's also -- powerful medicine.
Are made into an extract.
And used for the treatment of things like anxiety.
Now seven million people in the United States alone have general.
-- -- generalized anxiety disorder taking this actually reduces the level of anxiety.
It also helps promote relaxation and sleep so a lot of people take this at night to help them sleep.
Do you know I've had many people over the years ask me about how they can get a good night's sleep.
And for many of them I've recommended.
Passion flower extract products.
And a great many have gotten excellent results they've slept through the night they felt really rested but let me.
Today that the people I know who have taken this including myself yet have observed that the dreams they have at -- are much richer and more colorful up.
And sometimes you can remember them more easily.
And that we think is due to the presence of a compound called harm only -- of -- car believe now below it.
And -- study they called telepathy.
Right and it has these certain Psycho active -- Psycho active affects that seemed to enhance the dream state.
Learning how to relax bust stress get a good night's sleep and have really weird colorful dreams.
I'm Chris Killen at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx for Fox News health.
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