Mulungu (Erythrina mulungu)
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A highly valued natural sedative from Brazil.. Mulungu is well known as one of the most powerful naturally occurring tranquilizers.
In Brazil mulungu has been used for a long time as a natural sedative. The herb is said to be able to stabilize the central nervous system. In stressful times it helps to balance and calm the nerves. The herb is also used as an antioxidant; to tone, balance and strengthen the liver.
About half of a cup of a standard bark decoction (per day) should be a normal dosage. People with a low blood pressure should use Mulungus with caution and monitor their blood pressure accordingly. < A decoction is commonly made of 1 teaspoon powdered herb or 2 teaspoons of cut herb per 250 ml of boiling water. Cover and reduce heat to medium so that the mixture stays at a good simmer, and keep covered for 20 minutes. Then the decoction has to be cooled, strained and consumed.
• Mulungu is a sedative and may cause drowsiness.
In traditional medicine the plant is used to lower blood pressure. Clinical research with animals has documented hypotensive actions. It is recommended that those on medications to lower blood pressure (and those with low blood pressure) use mulungu with caution and monitor their blood pressure accordingly.