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In both North and South American herbal medicine systems mulungu is considered to be an excellent sedative to calm agitation and nervous coughs and to treat other nervous system problems including insomnia and anxiety.* Researchers have published animal studies about the alkaloid chemicals in mulungu attributed to this anti-anxiety action.* For more information mulungu (Erythrina mulungu), please refer to the Database File for Mulungu in the Tropical Plant Database. To see pictures of mulungu, click here.
Traditional Uses:* for mental disorders (depression, anxiety, stress, hysteria, panic disorders, compulsive disorders, etc.); as a sedative for insomnia, restlessness, and sleep disorders; for liver disorders (hepatitis, obstructions, high liver enzyme levels, sclerosis, etc.); for high blood pressure and heart palpitations; for drug and nicotine withdrawalSuggested Use: This plant is best prepared as a decoction. Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Bring to a boil and gently boil in a covered pot for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and settle for 10 minutes and strain warm liquid into a cup (leaving the settled powder in the bottom of the pan). It is traditionally taken in 1/2 cup amounts twice daily. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal decoctions, see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.