Mulungu (Erythrina mulungu) - Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Epilepsy, Liver Conditions
Summarized Description: Mulungu (E. mulungu or E. verna) is a medium-sized, ornamental tree native to Brazil. It grows to a height of 10 to 15 meters and is noted for its attractive flowers that vary from red to orange. Unlike many of the herbals we work with, Mulungu is, at this time, fairly unknown outside of South America -- surprisingly because of its long-standing medicinal uses here. The traditionally utililed medicinal parts include the bark and root.
Uses & Protocols: Mulungu has long been in use among Brazilian herbalists as a remedy for insomnia, depression, epilepsy, and high blood pressure, for use as a sedative, and to calm an overexcited nervous system. Research has been done to confirm that Mulungu has an effect similar to the commonly-prescribed, anti-anxiety drug, Diazepam. Due ti its antimicrobial action is also used to treat throat and urinary infections. (Studies have shown it to be effective against Staphylococcus aureus, Mycobacterium fortuitum and Mycobacterium smegmatis.) It is also used extensively to treat asthma, bronchitis, liver conditions (including hepatitis and obstructions in the liver), hernias, and stomach aches. Dosage: one capsule, two times a day.
Warnings & Contraindications: This herbal can cause drowsiness, so it shouldn't be used when it's important to be alert. It can potentiate anti-stress and antihypertensive drugs. Those on blood lowering medication should use Mulungu with caution, monitoring their blood pressure accordingly.