Mucuna pruriens  or Kpikachu in ayurveda is a tropical legume native to Africa and tropical Asia and widely naturalized and cultivated. Its English common names include monkey tamarind, velvet bean, Bengal velvet bean, Florida velvet bean, Mauritius velvet bean, Yokohama velvet bean, cowage, cowitch, lacuna bean, and Lyon bean.

Herb - Kapikacchu

Ayurvedic Actions

Rasa (Taste)Tikta, Kasaya
Virya (Energy)Heating
Vipak (Post-digestive effect)Katu
Guna (Quality)Heavy , unctous
Doshic EffectBalances K - V

Health Benefits

Benefits on nervous system

Kapikachu have traditionally been used as a nervine tonic. Powdered seeds possess anti-parkinsonism properties, possibly due to the presence of L-dopa (a precursor of neurotransmitter dopamine). 

It is well known that dopamine is a neurotransmitter.

Dopamine and serotonin assist manage mood and distribute powerful, natural energy on the body and mind. These types of chemicals boost the feelings of pleasure as well as peacefulness, making a stress-free demeanor and that’s why Mucuna Pruriens are a fantastic antidote for anxiety and depression.

Benefits on reproductive system - Sexual wellness

Seeds of Kapikacchu are useful for increasing ejaculate count in men. Velvet beans consist of a number of alkaloids which are recognized for revitalizing testosterone secretion to make sure better accessibility of gonads. This process leads to a boost in testes size and sperm count too. It is very useful herbal medicine to increase ovulation in females. Kapikachhu herb is very effective to build the nervous system and to improve reproductive health.

Effective in conditions like Erectile dysfunction (ED), loss of libido etc.

Treats diabetes mellitus

Since the usage of velvet beans significantly decreases levels of blood sugar, it really is extremely beneficial in diabetes treatment. The high content of levodopa in these beans helps people with diabetes to help keep healthy levels of blood sugar as well as cholesterol. Velvet beans might also help individuals to lose weight, further benefiting diabetes treatment.

Lowers stress

Kapikacchu benefits also include improved relaxation and help getting to sleep. Dopamine from L-dopa acts on the pineal gland which secretes the sleep hormone melatonin. Higher dopamine levels are also associated with lower stress and an improved ability to relax.

Dosage and side effects (only after consultation with an ayurvedic doctor)

Part used- Seed , root, pod hair

Seed powder - upto 6-10 gm /day for adults

Seed extract - 250- 500 mg, once or twice a day after food.

Decoction - 5-15 ml once or twice a day

Avoid this medicine during pregnancy and lactation.


  1. Sharma, PV: Dravyaguna Vijnana, Chaukhambha Bharati Academy, Varanasi, 1969; 2-3, 928.


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