Meet Mulungu: A Natural Tranquilizer from the Amazon
Mulungu (scientific name Erythrina mulungu), is a tree native to the rainforests of South America that can be harnessed for its tranquilizing properties. Although it has long been used by the native tribes there, it is rapidly growing in popularity here in the EU. So we thought we would talk a closer look at the finer details of this rainforest remedy.
The Mulungu tree grows mainly in Brazil and Peru and less so in other parts of South America. Botanical records note Mulungo for the first time in 1829. It produces many branches and can grow up to 14m in height. The flowers of the tree slightly resemble coral and is for this reason sometimes also called “coral flower.”
While Mulungu is known for being a strong, natural sedative, it can also provide other potential health benefits.
In Brazil, Mulungu has a long history as being a traditional remedy for anxiety, stress, insomnia and other nervous conditions. It is one of the strongest naturally occurring sedatives.
Indigenous people in Brazil are not only treating various nervous system conditions with Mulungu. They use the plant to help treat of epilepsy, fever, bronchitis, gingivitis, hepatitis, liver inflammation and many other health issues – although this is anecdotal. Mulungu also has its uses as an effective insecticide or fish poison.
In Europe, Mulungu is harnessed as a natural, relaxing sedative. It is used as a remedy for many nervous conditions that range from stress and anxiety to heart palpitations and panic attacks. Mulungu is sometimes given to patients who suffer from hysteria or shock. With its calming effect on the nerves and its ability to relax the body’ muscles, it is a good natural remedy for those who want restful sleep.
While the plant is mostly known for its relaxing and sedative abilities, it has more uses that go beyond that. Modern medicine is now discovering the benefits of Mulungu. There is initial evidence to suggest that it may also be helpful in the treatment of various ailments such as epilepsy, bronchitis, hepatitis, gingivitis or liver disease. Its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory effects are well documented.
Mulungu is available in easy to dose powder form. For a recommended dose, dissolve 2 heaped teaspoons in 250ml of boiling water. Let the mixture sit for about 20 minutes and then strain it through a filter before drinking.
Lots of research has been carried out about the numerous chemicals in Mulungu along with their effects. One group of active chemicals found within Mulungu are alkaloids, which are present in most types of Erythrina. Erythrina mulungu, the Mulungu tree, contains 20 such active isoquinoline alkaloids.
The alkaloids in Mulungu have shown to have sedative, anti-inflammatory, cardioactive and narcotic characteristics. Scientists believe that it is these alkaloids in Mulungu that are responsible for the plant’s ability to decrease blood pressure and regulate the heartbeat.
Do not take Mulungu if you have low blood pressure, are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not take together with other medication. Due to the sedative effect of Mulungu, do not use when operating heavy machinery or when driving. Always consult a medical professional if in doubt.
Written by: Georg
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