Naikorana or Mucuna pruriens has been used in Ayurvedic Medicine for over two thousand years. There are traditional uses for the root and the trichomes (the hairs themselves),but it is the seed of Naikorana that is most often employed therapeutically.
Naikorana is used for treating Parkinson’s disease, as well as for treating anxiety, arthritis, worm infestations, and a condition called hyperprolactinemia. The main active ingredients present in Naikorana are L-dopa (4-3,4-dihydroxy phenyladaline) gluthione, lecithin, gallic acid, glycosides, nicotine, prurenine, prurenidine, dark brown viscous oil, alkaloids mucanine, tannic acid, resin, lecithin.
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