Botanical name: Mucuna pruriens
Other names: Velvet bean
Mucuna is a revered herb of India, where it is known as velvet bean. It has potent libido and mood-enhancing properties due to its effect on dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, which, like serotonin, regulates mood. Mucuna has been used to treat Parkinson’s, epilepsy and all seizure and nerve-related ailments. It has been found effective in treating depression and low libido. In modern times it is often used as a supplement to rebalance brain chemistry after indulging in alcohol and other drugs.
Preparation: Mix 1 tsp into a paste with honey, then add 1 cup of hot water. May also be added to smoothies or encapsulated.
Reference: Prajapati, Purohit Sharma, Kumar, A Handbook of Medicinal Plants, p. 352
Mucuna Common Uses
Due to its high L-dopa levels, do not combine with medication for epilepsy or parkinson’s disease. Exercise caution in people also using antidepressant or antipsychotic medication. Consistent dosing at excessive levels can cause tremors, dizziness and fainting.
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