From Global Healing Center.
Plants steeped in traditional medicine have garnered attention from researchers who seek to identify the active compounds. It’s no surprise that Brazil, where mulungu is popular as a tranquilizer, has been the location of many of its scientific inquiries.  The research has discovered that mulungu contains high levels of flavonoids, which have an antioxidant effect, and potent alkaloids, which may help reduce anxiety.  When the Department of Biotechnology at Brazil’s University of Ribeirão Preto used animal models to evaluate erysothrine, one of the alkaloids, they found it to inhibit anxiety without producing ugly side effects.  Other research has reported similar examples of mulungu relieving anxiety, even being compared to diazepam. However, unlike diazepam, mulungu does not affect motor skills.