Can you take mucuna pruriens alongside medication?


My mum was diagnosed with Parkinsons about 1.5 years ago after losing strength and grip in one hand. She is 73. Her symptoms are bradykinesia and she also has arthritis so sometimes it’s hard to tell which is causing the pain and stiffness. We read about mucuna pruriens and asked the specialist but he hadn’t heard of it, said he’d look it up, then got back to us saying it doesn’t sound useful. However, we’d like to try it. We’d like to know if it’s safe to take it additionally to the medication, or whether the medication would need to be reduced if she’s having both? (If it’s reduced we’ll ask the Dr how to do this properly). Also is there a recommended brand? We’re in the UK. Thank you for any help.


Hi @ellieh,

A warm welcome to the forum.

I’m sure you’ll receive some helpful responses from our members soon, however, you may be interested to know that we’ve covered this topic on our blog here,

If you have more questions or need some advise on your mum’s medication, you can also give our helpline a call on 0808 800 0303 and speak to one of our advisers about this.

Best wishes,