Cowage is most commonly sold in the us as a supplement for its l-dopa content. In traditinal culture it was known for use in more of an "entheogenic" context, which simply means a reigious purpose or in religious practice. It's another ingredient used in the Amazonian tea known as "Ayahuasca" made by Shamans of Peru, and others. The plant literally contains compounds of serotonin (5-HTP), 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.
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. It's interesting to me that it literally contains some neuro-chemicals, and one precursor to dopamine. I see the correlation.
The Cowage plant contains the same chemicals found in the human brain, and specifically those released and controlled by the pineal gland( I do believe). There's a good paper on the pineal written by a colorodo university. Look it up i'm sure you can find it. This makes the herb beieved to be beneficial for dreaming, and stimulating your neurochemistry. Sense it also contains nicotine, I wonder how this would work for those trying to quit? I'm not saying it will work but I see an interest there.
The Mucuna plant has many traditional and medicinal applications by herbalists including coping with 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 by alternative practitioners for its believed benefits for 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 by fans of natural supplements.
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
The Cowage (Mucuna, cowitch) we offer is harvested in South Africa with full respect to future generations and is of great quality.
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