Mucuna is an annual twinning plant.. Leaves are trifoliate, gray-silky beneath; petioles are long and silky, 6.3 by 11.3 cm. Leaflets are membranous, terminal leaflets are smaller, lateral very unequal sided. Dark purple flowers (6 to 30) occur in drooping racemes. Fruits are curved, 4 by 6 seeded. The longitudinally ribbed pod, is densely covered with persistent pale-brown or grey trichomes that cause irritating blisters. Seeds are black ovoid and 12 mm long.
Mucuna pruriens, recognized as an aphrodisiac in Ayurveda, has been shown to increase testosterone levels, helps deposition of protein in the muscles and increase muscle mass and strength. The extract is also known to enhance mental alertness and improve coordination.
Mucuna contains L-DOPA which is a neurotransmitter precursor, an effective herb for relief in Parkinson's disease. In a 1995 study, Hp-200 (derived from the Ayurvedic therapeutic agent Mucuna prurient seed powder, as opposed to isolated active ingredients) was tested on 60 patients suffering from Parkinson's disease for 12 weeks. A control sample of 26 patients were given synthetic treatments. The results were monitored with the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale. The study showed that the Ayurvedic treatment was effective and only caused minor side effects. Mucuna is also useful in increasing sperm count in men and ovulation in women. It prevents male and female sterility and acts as a nervine tonic.
Seeds are one of the best tonics and aphrodisiacs for the reproductive system. Indigestion, general debility, edema, impotence, infertility, leucorrhea, menorrhagia, roundworm, spermatorrhoea, Parkinson's.
It is used as a nervine tonic for nervous system disorders. Because of the high concentration of L-dopa in the seeds. It has been studied for its possible use in Parkinson's disease. It was found to slow the progression of Parkinson's symptoms (such as tremors, rigidity, slurring, drooling, and imbalance), and to have none of the side-effects of the current pharmaceutical L-dopa.
In our product Oorja we use 4 gms extract of Mucuna (equivalent of 8 gms of raw powder) herb which is organically cultivated.
Common Side Effects: Stomach irritation is the most common side effect associated with Mucuna pruriens. You may feel nauseated or bloated, which may result in a temporary decrease in your appetite. Talk with your physician if such side effects persist or become severe.
Infrequent Side Effects: Infrequently, additional adverse side effects may arise following treatment with this supplement. Severe nausea may cause vomiting. You may also have frequent headaches, heart palpitations or difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, a side effect also called insomnia. Certain people experience delusions, hallucinations, confusion, agitation and abnormal body movements. If these side effects become disruptive or do not subside, seek prompt care from your medical provider.
Additional Adverse Effects: Handling or ingesting the hair of the Mucuna pruriens bean pod may cause severe irritation. The bean pod hair may cause swelling, burning or intense itching at the site of skin contact. Consult your doctor immediately if you develop any type of skin irritation after coming in contact with this supplement.
Contra Indications: If you have certain health concerns or problems, treatment with Mucuna pruriens may be inappropriate. Due to the lack of safety information, women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should avoid taking this herbal treatment. Additionally, do not use Mucuna pruriens if you have low blood sugar, diabetes, liver or heart disease, skin cancer, a peptic ulcer or a psychiatric condition. This natural supplement may worsen symptoms associated with your health condition. In addition, do not take this supplement if you are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks, because Mucuna pruriens can interact with drugs typically given during anesthesia and may cause heart problems.
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Mucuna in AZ Oorja: In our product Oorja we use 4 gms extract of Mucuna (equivalent of 8 gms of raw powder) herb which is organically cultivated.
Cost: The cost was $21 USD but now Reduced rates are $15 USD per bottle
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