Mucuna Pruiens plant

Ton Rulkens from Mozambique [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Although current meds used to treat Parkinson's disease are of benefit, it is good to know that an herb can be of help, too. In a recent study published in the journal Neurology, investigators tested the effectiveness and safety of a single-dose intake of mucuna pruriens powder. Eighteen patients with advanced Parkinson's disease received standard medications and were compared to those who received the herbal preparation. The researchers conclude, "Single-dose mucuna intake met all efficacy and safety outcome measures in comparison to dispersible levodopa/benserazide."

Comments: We need many more studies to determine the best amounts of mucuna herb to use, the ideal extract potency, the frequency of use, and how it can be combined with Parkinson's meds or reduce the amount of medication taken. But, at this time, this herb looks to be a promising addition to Parkinson's disease treatment. 

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