Medicinal plant with anxiolytic, antidepressant, tranquilizer, sedative, hepatoprotective, hypotensive effect, among others. Its internal use is through infusions, decoctions, dry extract, tincture and syrups.


Names in Portuguese: mulungu, corticeira, murungu, muchocho, murungo, totocero, coral flower, coral tree, amerikadeigo, ceibo, chilichi, chopo, hosoba deiko, immortal stick, coral mulungu, man-cape , swiná-siná, amansa Senhor, parrot’s beak, penknife, man’s cape, corticeira, erythrina, jew’s slipper, sinanduva, swinã, mulungu, murungu
Binomial name: Erythrina mulungu Mart. ex Benth
French name: mulungu
English name: mulungu, murungu, muchoc
German name: mulungu
Italian name: mulungu
Spanish name: mulungu




Alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, cristacarpine, cristadine, cristamidine, dmyethylmedicarpine, eribidine, ericristagalin, ericristanol, ericristin, erydotrin, erysodienone, erysodine, erysonin, erysopine, erysothrin, erysovine, erystagalin AC, erythrabissin ii, erythralins, erythramines, erythyretin , gamma-aminobutyric acid, glutamic acid, hypaporin lectins, n-nor-orientalin, oleic acid, oleanoic acid, phaseolidins, proteinases, ursolic acid and vitexin.

parts used

Root and bark of the tree. Also fruits and flowers.


Antidepressant, anxiolytic, sedative, calming, hepatic tonic (tonifies, balances and strengthens the liver), antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimycobacterial, antispasmodic, tonic, hypotensive, diuretic, expectorant, narcotic, tranquilizer, rheumatic and muscular pain.


Mental illnesses (depression, neurosis, anxiety , stress, hysteria, panic attack, compulsions, etc.), sedative for insomnia, relaxation, sleep disturbance, liver diseases (hepatitis, obstructions, increased liver enzymes, sclerosis, etc.), hypertension, heart palpitations, drug/nicotine withdrawal, cystitis, epilepsy, eye irritations, hysteria, insomnia, stomach pain, lactation problems, oedema, headache, hepatitis, hernia, rheumatism, spasms, urinary insufficiency, diarrhoea, hemorrhoids , respiratory infection, urinary tract infection, asthma, bacterial infections, bronchitis, cough, fever, gingivitis, neuralgia, nervous tension, stress, inflammation, asthmatic bronchitis, whooping cough, cough.

Secundary effects

Mulungu is a sedative and can cause drowsiness. In excess it can cause depression and muscle paralysis. Hypotension.


Due to its hypotensive effect, it is recommended that patients who use the herbal medicine and also make use of some antihypertensive medication, have their blood pressure controlled and monitored in accordance with the necessary precautions.
Pregnant women.


No interactions have been documented, however mulungu may potentiate the effect of some anxiolytic and antihypertensive drugs.


The seeds of the fruits are toxic.

Mulungu based preparations

– Infusion

– fluid extract

– dry extract

– Tincture

– Syrup

– Decoction

Onde cresce o god?

It is native to the central and northeastern part of Brazil and today grows in the region from São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul and in the semi-deciduous seasonal forest of the Paraná Basin, to Tocantins and Bahia.

The native tree is showy, has bright red flowers, is large and is common in the eastern regions of the state of Minas Gerais.

When to harvest the mulungu?

Flowering time varies from June to September, bare of leaves, and in general Mulungu trees do not keep their flowers more than a week or two. The harvest of its fruits can be observed between September and October.


– Mulungu is part of the National List of Medicinal Plants of Interest to SUS (RENISUS).

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