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,


Hi, Just read your post, I am taking the Mucuna Pruriens, one per day. I have read as much literature as I can and it seems to me this is a natural ingredient with L.Dopa. I obtain mine from British Supplements in London.

I can only say as I find, my mood is good, I think it helps with my medication. But I am of the opinion try anything to see if it works. Look it up, check on the internet. Don’t take my word for it

Good luck


Hello Reah,

I’ve asked my doctor what dose to try and she said 1 x 5ml a day as mine is in powder form. I take it around 11am as I take my first of three tablets at 8.30am. I don’t feel any different as yet after 1 month but who knows if I might have been worse without!

Hope this helps.

Best wishes Shirley :+1: