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Kapikacchu (Sanskrit ) - Mucuna pruriens.

Mucuna pruriens or Kapikacchu is used in many ayurvedic vajikarana preparations. It is known as the best vrishya and vajikara which increases sexual functions in men. It helps in conditions like erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and low sperm count. It increases libido of men.

Studies have shown that Mucuna Pruriens help to increase the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone increases muscle mass, libido and rectifies erectile dysfunction.


Mucuna pruriens
Fabaceae – Pea family
STRUCTURE Plant: It is an annual, climbing shrub which grows over 13 – 15 m height. The young plant is completely covered by hair. Older plants are free of hairs.
Fruit and seeds:: The fruits are leguminous. The pod is very hairy and carries up to seven seeds. Seeds are ellipsoid and present in hairy pod. Its seed pods are about 10 cm long and are covered in loose, orange hairs that cause a severe itch if they come in contact with skin.
Flowers: . Flowers are white, lavender, or purple
that hang in long clusters.
HABITAT Found in Africa, India and the Caribbean
Seeds contain protein, lipids, dietary fiber, ash, carbohydrates, minerals and it contains plenty of alkaloids, saponins and sterols. The main ingredients are L-dopa , mucanine and serotonin. L-Dopa acts as anti-Parkinson's and increases testosterone. Mucanine and serotonin cause itching

Contains alkaloid - L-dopa , mucanine and serotonin
World distribution: Africa, India and the Caribbean

Ayurvedic Description of 'Kapikachhu (Sanskrit ) - Mucuna pruriens".

Sanskrit name :Atma gupta, kapikacchu, markati, kandura,, shooka shimbi,.
(in India)
Kevancha, kavach, kevach (Hindi), aalakushi (punjabi), khaj kuhili(Marathi), kaucha (gujarathi), nasugunni (kannada),Velvet Bean ,Bengal bean, Mauritius bean, Itchy bean, Buffalo bean, Cowhage, Cowitch,

Guna :- guru,snigdha
Rasa :- madhura, tikta
Veerya :-Ushna
Vipaka :- madhura
KARMA (Action)
Normalize vata and increases pitta and kapha. a very good aphrodisiacs.widely used in conditions of Erectile dysfunction,, Parkinson's, low sperm count, low sperm motility.

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