The day after my last post to you, my Dad sadly died, so I never got round to replying to your comments.
I know what you mean about unknown compounds in non-standardised medications and am also very wary. I did much research before ordering the Mucuna Pruriens and emailed the companies beforehand with questions. I found one that I thought was OK and ordered the powdered version, which overall worked better than the capsule or tablet form.
My trial lasted 6 months and my GP was happy to go along with this. After experiencing the initial euphoria of taking the powdered form of MP, I found it wasn't consistent.......some days it worked and some not so good. Mind you, I was going through a lot of stress at the time, so maybe not a fair trial. Also, I decided to change hospitals, as I was v. unhappy with my PD nurse and neurologist.
To cut a long story short, my new neurologist suggested Madopar and although reluctant to take it at first, I decided to go ahead. I've been on it for 4 months now and can see a definite improvement in all aspects of my Parkinson's. I'm staying on a low dose and interspersing it with the odd dose of Mucuna Pruriens, which seems to be working really well.
I'm determined that PD will not ruin my life and try to carry on as normally as possible and if this means trying out new ways of making things easier, then I'll try them. Even considered cannabis, but not brave enough to try yet!!
I wish you well and keep positive.