Also Known As
Velvet bean, Cowhage, Cowitch, Picapica, Kapikachu, Yerepe, (Yoruba) Atmagupta.
All areas in tropical forest
Traditional Use and Health Benefits
Kapikachhu / Mucuna pruriens is a well known Ayurvedic herb, is well documented for its Aphrodisiac qualities as it is known to increase sperm count and boost testosterone levels, it is also known to help the body build lean muscle and break down fat, so is often used by athletes and body builders in sports medicine, and by those wishing to follow a weight loss plan. It is also good for boosting the mood and has anti-depressant effects.
Mucuna pruriens contains a natural source of L-Dopa, which was made famous by the movie 'Awakenings' with Robin Williams. Mucuna stimulates the brains production of dopamine which improves mood, sexuality, co-ordination and studies have been done to show its positive effects on Parkinson's disease. Dopamine encourages the release of HGH (human growth hormone) from the pituitary gland, and it is HGH that aids the body build muscle and break down fat.
Kapikachhu / Mucuna prurien is a traditional plant medicine from the Americas, also grown in Asia and Africa. It is used in many ways, infusions, poultices, powders and confectionary as well as the beans being cooked and eaten as food. It is known to also have mild psychedelic effects.
Kapikachhu / Mucuna pruriens Herbal powder-
1 teaspoon up to 3 times daily
Kapikachhu / Mucuna pruriens Herbal Tincture
Dosage: 2-5ml up 3 times daily
or as directed by an herbal practitioner.