Kapikacchu- The Little-known Perks of Mucuna pruriens
Kapikacchu is a creeping vine that grows all over India, with velvety seed pods. It is a natural source of L-Dopa (Levodopa), which is an essential precursor to the Neurotransmitter Dopamine and is extensively used in Neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinsonism, etc. Also used in sexual disorders like Erectile Dysfunction, Infertility, and Low libido.
Botanical name: Mucuna pruriens
Sankskrit name: Kapikachchu
English name: Cow-Hage, Velvet Beans, Cow-Itch
Malayalam name: Naikurunna
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF KAPIKACCHU
- Natural Aphrodisiac
- Wound Healing
- Excellent for Nervous and Rheumatic Disorders
- Nourishing quality
- Improves Infertility
- Psychotropic functions- Affects mood and behaviour
PHYTOCONSTITUENTS OF KAPIKACCHU
L-Dopa, Mucuadine, Mucuadinine, Glutathione, Lecithin, Amino acids like Histidine, Lysine, Tyrosine, Valine, Gallic acid, etc
SIDE-EFFECTS OF KAPIKACCHU
- Burning sensation and Constipation
- Should be taken under strict supervision due to its high amount of L-Dopa.
- Pregnant and lactating mothers and children should be given this medicine under strict supervision.
AYURVEDIC FORMULATIONS CONTAINING KAPIKACCHU
- Musalyadi Choorna
- Amrithaprasha Ghritham
- Mashabaladi Kashayam
CAUTION: All medications described here are being used solely for educational reasons. This does not replace seeking expert medical advice. Before using any drugs, please seek the advice of a licensed Ayurvedic practitioner. Please keep out of the reach of children.
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