Latin: Erythrina mulungu
Parts Used: Bark, root
Properties: Analgesic, anxiolytic, sedative, hypotensive, antispasmodic, antimicrobial
Actions: Mulungu bark is from a tree found native to central, South America and parts of South Africa. It has long been used for its tranquilizing and sedative effects and is useful for anxiety and insomnia. It is also used to quell an asthma attack, for persistent spasmodic coughs and for hepatic inflammation. It is perhaps best for shock and trauma leading to heightened persistent anxiety that would do well with a strong anxiolytic herb. Mulungu can also help regulate heartbeat, reduce palpitations and decrease blood pressure.
Mulungu is in my category of “stronger herbs” to be used with caution and infrequently. This is a potent anxiolytic and sedative that some say work as well as valium. I find it to be on a similar level to kava in terms of potency.
Dosage: 2-4 tsp in pint of hot water decocted for 40 minutes, 1-2 ML tincture 2x day
Contraindications: Sedatives, tranquilizers, hypertension meds