Mucuna Puriens Powder
Mucuna historically is also effective against tuberculosis, a chronic infection often associated with Lyme disease.
According to Ayurveda, this herb is a powerful nervine tonic and aphrodisiac, applicable to the treatment of disorders of the male or female reproductive tract, and the spasms associated with Parkinson's or Bell's Palsy. A clinical study confirmed the efficacy of the seeds in the management of Parkinson's disease by virtue of their L-Dopa content, the precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Mucuna pruriens is commonly known as velvet bean or cowitch and is used as a minor food crop and medicinal bean in India, West Africa, and Central America. It is regarded as anodyne, antidotal, diuretic, and nervine.
Other healing benefits include:
(1) Mucuna pruriens, recognized as an aphrodisiac in Ayurveda, has been shown to increase testosterone levels
(2) Leading to deposition of protein in the muscles and increased muscle mass and strength.
(3) It is also known to enhance mental alertness and improve co-ordination
(4) Isolated chemicals include bufotenine and DMT.
Mucuna Pruriens and Parkinsons Disease:
In 1937, 31 years after levodopa was synthesized in Switzerland, Indian scientists isolated levodopa from Mucuna pruriens beans. At the time, the importance of levodopa was unappreciated in India and the West. In 1967, following the establishment of the role of levodopa in Parkinson disease, a screening of 1000 species of 135 plant families revealed that only plants from the Mucuna family contained sufficient levodopa to consider commercial development. Recently Dr. Bela Manyam, Professor of Neurology at the Scott & White Clinic, Temple Texas (part of the Texas A & M Medical School - a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence), treated Parkinson patients with a powder made from the whole bean of Mucuna puriens. Mucuna pruriens is a legume, and as a legume, it is a rich source of tocopherol, or Vitamin E.
Because of its bulk, Mucuna pruriens acts as a laxative, aiding digestion and counter-acting, in part, the constipation associated with Parkinson disease.
Recommended Dosage: One quarter to one-half a teaspoon of Mucuna Powder, two/three times a day in warm water or as recommended by your healthcare practitioner.
Warning: Not to be taken during pregnancy.