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Erythrina Mulungu

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Family: Fabaceae

Genus: Erythrina

Species: mulungu, cristi-galli

Synonyms: Erythrina verna, Corallodendron mulungu

Common Names: Mulungu, corticeira, murungu, muchocho, murungo, totocero, flor-de-coral, árvore-de-coral, amerikadeigo, ceibo, chilichi, chopo, hosoba deiko, pau-imortal, mulungu-coral, capa-homem, suiná-suiná

Part Used: Bark, root 

Mulungu, also popularly known as mulungu-ceral, coral-tree, cape-man, pocketknife, beak-of-parrot or cork, is a medicinal plant very common in Brazil that is used to bring tranquility, being widely used for treat insomnia, as well as changes in the nervous system, especially anxiety, agitation and seizures. 

Benefits of Mulungu

The mulungu is especially indicated to treat changes in the emotional state, but it can also be used in other situations. The main indications are:

 - Anxiety;

- Agitation and hysteria;

- Panic attacks;

- Post-traumatic stress disorder;

- Depression;

- Epilepsy;

- Migraine;

- High pressure. 

- Treatment of psychological problems and emotional states. Such as hysteria, neurosis, anxiety, agitation, depression, panic attack, epilepsy and compulsion. This is due to its antidepressant, hypnotic, sedative and tranquilizing properties; 

- Treatment of liver disease due to its hepatoprotective property; 

- Basically, because it has a hypotensive and diuretic effect, it can help to decrease the pressure; 

- Due to its antiasthmatic and expectorant property, it is able to decrease the symptoms of asthmatic bronchitis; 

- She may be responsible for treating infections and inflammations. Like cystitis or gingivitis, for example. After all, it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties;

In addition, Mulungu has analgesic, narcotic, antispasmodic and tonic properties. 

We can also highlight that mulungu is widely used to treat sleep disorders, such as insomnia, for example. In fact, this is due to its calming and tranquilizing ability. 

In addition, mulungu can also be used to relieve mild to moderate pain and fever. 

Due to its calming and tranquilizing capacity, mulungu is widely used to treat sleep disorders, such as insomnia, for example. 

Main properties

Some of mulungu's proven medicinal properties include its calming, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, hypotensive and antipyretic action.

Possible side effects

The side effects of mulungu are rare, however, some studies indicate that undesirable effects such as sedation, drowsiness and muscle paralysis may arise.


Who should not take

Mulungu is contraindicated for children under 5, pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding. In addition, mulungu should also not be used by people who use antihypertensive or antidepressant drugs, without the doctor's supervision, as it can potentiate the effect of these drugs.



- MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND ANVISA OF BRAZIL. Monograph of the species Erythrina mulungu (mulungu). 2014

- SCHLEIER, Rodolfo et al .. Erythrina mulungu - botanical description and clinical indications from anthroposophy. Magnified medical art. Vol.36, n.4. 162-167, 2016



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