Mulungu Bark Shredded – Erythrina mulungu
Mulungu bark, also known as Erythrina mulungu, is a plant native to South America, particularly Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. It is a deciduous tree that can grow up to 20 meters in height, with a trunk that can reach a diameter of up to 60 cm. The bark of the tree is the part that is traditionally used for medicinal purposes. It is a member of the Fabaceae family, which includes other medicinal plants such as licorice and kudzu. The tree has a symbiotic relationship with nitrogen-fixing bacteria that allow it to thrive in nutrient-poor soils.
Mulungu (also spelled Murungu, Mlungu, and in other variants) is a common name of the creator deity in a number of Bantu languages and cultures over East and Central Africa. This includes the Nyamwezi, Shambaa, Kamba, Sukuma, Rufiji, Turu, and Kikuyu cultures. Today, the name “Mulungu” is also often used to refer to the Christian or Islamic God. The Swahili word for God, “Mungu,” is a contraction of the original form “Mulungu,” which still appears in Swahili manuscripts of the 18th Century.
The medicinal properties of mulungu bark are attributed to several active compounds, including alkaloids, flavonoids, and triterpenoids. Chemical compounds found in Mulungu extract include the tetrahydroisoquinoline alkaloids erythravine and (+)-11α-hydroxy-erythravine.
In traditional medicine, mulungu bark has been used in both North and South America herbal medical systems. It’s widely known to provide a sense of relaxation that may help calm agitation. It has also been used traditionally for its analgesic properties. Some traditional formulations include combining mulungu bark with other plants, such as passionflower and valerian, to provide a state of calm and relaxation.
Known health precautions:
We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. NO information on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All information, including but not limited to, text, images, or other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. Some individuals may experience drowsiness or dizziness when using mulungu bark, particularly at higher doses. It should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, or by individuals with liver or kidney disease.
Herb Stomp also has Mulungu Bark Powder.