Botanical name: Mucuna pruriens
Other names: Velvet bean

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Mucuna is a revered herb of India, where it is known as velvet bean. It has potent libido and mood-enhancing properties due to its effect on dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, which, like serotonin, regulates mood. Mucuna has been used to treat Parkinson’s, epilepsy and all seizure and nerve-related ailments. It has been found effective in treating depression and low libido. In modern times it is often used as a supplement to rebalance brain chemistry after indulging in alcohol and other drugs.

Preparation: Mix 1 tsp into a paste with honey, then add 1 cup of hot water. May also be added to smoothies or encapsulated.

Prajapati, Purohit Sharma, Kumar, A Handbook of Medicinal Plants, p. 352