Macuna (Macuna Pruriens) also known as velvet bean is a food source used in Ayurvedic medicine for its powerful aphrodisiac properties and for the treatment of arthritis, nervous disorders and neurological diseases. Macuna is naturally rich in L-DOPA, a precursor to dopamine, and is used as a commercial source of L-DOPA to treat Parkinson’s disease. Macuna also contains trace amounts of psycho-active chemicals including 5-hydroxy tryptamine (serotonin), nicotine, dimethyl tryptamine (DMT), bufotenine and 5-MeO-DMT. Along with its aphrodisiac properties macuna is used to manage stress, improve semen quality as well as for its anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer and anti-microbial activities .
Kavitha, C., and Thangamani, C., Amazing bean “Mucuna pruriens”: A comprehensive review. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, 2014. 8(2): p. 138-143.
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