What is Mucuna Pruriens?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Swanson Superior Herbs Mucuna Pruriens Kapikachhu

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Mucuna pruriens is a tropical legume known by a multitude of common names. The seeds contain high concentrations of levodopa, a direct precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine. It has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine for diseases including Parkinson's Disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's disease 32 38
Depressed mood 5 3
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1 0
Decreased sex drive (libido) 1 1
Hormone replacement 1 0

Show all 8 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 7
Mild 5
None 30

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mucuna Pruriens

Side effect Patients
Apathy 1
Body tremor 1
Essential tremor 1
Excessive yawning 1
Fatigue 1
Heart palpitations 1

Show all 10 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mucuna Pruriens

Dosage Patients
3 tsp. four times daily 1
18.5 g daily 1
360 mg daily 1
500 mg daily 1
600 mg daily 1
700 mg daily 1
1,200 mg daily 1
350 mg four times daily 1
1,600 mcg daily 1
1,600 mg daily 1

See all 12 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Mucuna Pruriens

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 11
Other 5
Expense 2
Side effects too severe 1
See all 16 patients who've stopped taking Mucuna Pruriens

Duration

Currently taking Mucuna Pruriens

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Mucuna Pruriens

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 29
Usually 9
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 28
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 8
$50-99 4
$25-49 10
< $25 15
Not specified 5
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4 patient evaluations for Mucuna Pruriens

Jan 28, 2012 (Started Aug 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 tps. Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Jul 18, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 tps. Daily
Advice & Tips: My Mucuna is sourced from the Centre for Natural Healing in Ashland, OR. After nearly 1 year of use (typically 1 tsp of powdered extract daily) I cannot say there has been any effect on my PD symptoms. I have, however, had a significant elevation of my free testosterone (to 52 pg/mL - the normal range is 8-20) which has been great for my tennis, kickbxing and strength training!
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Feb 1, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 tps. Daily
Advice & Tips: After 6 months, I notice nothing - positive or negative - but my herbalist (a protege of Donnie Yance) is keen on my staying the course.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 4 helpful marks

Jan 30, 2011 (Started Aug 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 cap(s) Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 21, 2010 (Started Aug 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 cap(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: My first impression of MP is that I have more energy. The side effect of that extra energy seems to be a slight increase in my tremors.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Mar 1, 2010 (Started Dec 16, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for difficult to move or walk)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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