Herb of the Month
Botanical Name: Mucuna pruriens
Family Name : Fabaceae Family
Mucuna pruriens or Kaunch is one of the popular medicinal plant
of India. It is widespread over most of the subcontinent and is
found in bushes and hedges and dry-deciduous, low forests
throughout the plains of India.
Mucuna is an annual twinning plant.. Leaves are trifoliate,
gray-silky beneath; petioles are long and silky, 6.3–11.3 cm.
Leaflets are membranous, terminal leaflets are smaller, lateral
very unequal sided. Dark purple flowers (6 to 30) occur in
drooping racemes. Fruits are curved, 4–6 seeded. The
longitudinally ribbed pod, is densely covered with persistent
pale-brown or grey trichomes that cause irritating blisters.
Seeds are black ovoid and 12 mm long
All parts of Mucuna posses valuable medicinal properties and
there is a heavy demand of Mucuna in markets.
Mucuna pruriens have been long used to increase the sexual
libido in both men and women.
The beans of Mucuna pruriens is being also used on sportspersons
to increase their muscle mass. These seeds also help in
improving the memory power and help to gain weight which is lost
due to excessive exercise.
Prolactin is a hormone released
by the pituitary gland which is considered to be the cause for
erection failure in men. The beans of Mucuna pruriens are known
to release L-dopa which combines with dopamine to restrict the
release of prolactin hormone by the pituitary glands. Oral
intake of Mucuna pruriens seed helps in promoting fertility and
improves erection. Some people also use Mucuna pruriens seeds
for treating intestinal gas, diarrhea, cough, rheumatic
disorder, muscular pain, diabetes, menstrual pain and
The main constituent of Mucuna
pruriens seeds is L-dopa or Levadopa which acts as a natural
The seeds of velvet bean are high in protein (20-29
%), lipids (6-7%), dietary
fiber (8-10%), ash (3%),
carbohydrates (50-60%) and minerals. Also they are
extremely rich in alkaloids, saponins, and sterols. Mucuna
seeds (as well as the seeds of all Mucuna species) contain
high concentration of L-dopa (7-10%) - a direct precursor
of the neurotransmitter dopamine. The hairs of the seed pots
contain the phytochemical mucunain, the very
constituent that irritates the skin when in contact. The
serotonin is also has been found in the pod
(as well as in the leaf and fruit).
Main use of the plant are
- It contain L-Dopa which is used as anti-Parkinson's.
- Help increases testosterone
- Aphrodisiac - increases libido and it is very
good for impotency and erectile dysfunction
- It is used to stimulate
growth of hormone - anabolic/androgenic
- It help reduces spasms and relieves pain - analgesic/
- Help lowers blood sugar and blood pressure (hypo tensive)
- It increases urination (uterine stimulant), help reduces
fever (febrifuge) and it is a good cough suppressant
- It calms nerves (nervine), reduces nerve pain
- It help lowers cholesterol (hypo cholesterolemic)
- it act as a weight loss aid
- It reduces inflammation - anti-inflammatory
Other important Mucuna properties:
- It help prevents or eliminates kidney stones (antilithic)
- It help kills parasites (antiparasitic) and expels worms (vermifuge)
- It expels gas (carminative)
- It is a menstrual stimulant
- It is a central nervous system stimulant
It is recognized as an aphrodisiac in
Ayurveda and helps increase testosterone levels, leading to
deposition of protein in the muscles and increased muscle mass
and strength. Mucuna has been used as an aphrodisiac, it is used
to increase libido in both men and women, and help in erectile
dysfunction. It also help in impotency.
The benefit of Mucuna pruriens in sexual
- It release bound up testosterone
- Increase blood circulation to the genitals.
- Eliminate stress and anxiety
- Strengthen and tone the sexual glands
- Support the healthy production of the sex hormones
- Increase stamina and sex drive
- Act as a restorative nutrient for the nervous system
Nervous System Disorders :
It is used as a nervine tonic for nervous system disorders.
Because of the high concentration of L-dopa in the seeds. It has
been studied for its possible use in Parkinson’s disease. It
was found to slow the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms
(such as tremors, rigidity, slurring, drooling, and imbalance),
and to have none of the side-effects of the current
Reduction of cholesterol and blood
Research shows mucuna extract is beneficial for reducing
cholesterol , lowering blood sugar levels and enhancing mental
alertness all without stimulating the central nervous system.
: To consume this herb please consult your local doctor during
Ayurvedic Supplements that contains
Kaunch Beej :