Cowage is another ingredient used in the spiritual brew known as "Ayahuasca" made by Shamans of Peru, and others. The plant literally contains compounds of serotonin (5-HT), nicotine, active ayahuasca constituents, L-Dopa which is almost identical to dopamine, beta-carboline, and bufotenine. Cowage is a pharmacological gold mine due to its large amount of scientifically valuable constituents.
Third Eye - Chi
Because of its chemical constituents, and ancient Shamanic history, Cowage is a plant species which relates to the "Third eye". The third eye is 'the eye of the mind', as referenced by cultures throughout himan history. Scientifically, the third eye is referred to as the Pineal Gland. It's a small gland in the center of the brain that releases melatonin and other neurochemicals related to human experiences including those of dreams and near death experiences.
The Cowage plant contains the same chemicals found in the human brain, and specifically those released and controlled by the Third Eye. This makes the herb beneficial for dreaming, and stimulating your higher self. Cowage benefits the level of Chi within your being. Chi is an ancient Chinese philosophy and can be thought of as your vitalistic life force, or the life energy that resides within your being. It's popularity amongst metaphysicians is growing rapidly.
The Mucuna plant has many traditional and medicinal applications including treating abdominal pain, cholera, diabetes, infertility, scorpion stings, snakebites, and even toothache. Because of the large amount of Levo-dopa ( a precursor to dopamine ) in the seed it is also used for treating Parkinson's disease. Cowage, or Mucuna Pruriens has also been used as an aphrodisiac in both men and women due to its dopamine inducing properties.
It's a powerful additive to many infusions. Because of its chemical constituents, this ethnobotanical can interact with other ingredients. This is part of what makes holistic health science so fascinating to those who dedicate their lives to the ancient art. Alone, these plants are powerful, but combined they are epic. On a final note, I'd like to add that I enjoy it with some good Red Vein Borneo. It seems to be an excellent potentiator with many botanicals.
Benefits of Mucuna Pruriens L-Dopa:
Improved sleep (promotes deep sleep)
Reduced body fat & decreased cellulite
Improved skin texture & appearance
Increased bone density and reversal of osteoporosis
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