Kapikachhu - Men Herbal Tonic

Latin Names :Mucuna pruriens DC
English Name / Common Name :Cowhage / Velvet Bean
Sanskrit / Indian Name :Kapikachhu
Mucuna pruriens is a well-known aphrodisiac - the seeds are useful in increasing sperm count. It is a good nervine tonic - helpful in Parkinson's disease.


It is prophylactic against oligospermia, and useful in increasing sperm count, regularizes ovulation in women, etc. It prevents male and female sterility and acts as a nervine tonic. The seeds have L-DOPA , which is a neurotransmitter precursor, an effective drug for relief in Parkinson's disease. Seed powder is a well-known aphrodisiac.


Oligospermia (Low sperm count)
As an aphrodisiac
As an adjuvant in Parkinson’s disease


1 capsule twice a day after meals.
* Recommended only at the age of 14 years and above.
{Since the product is in capsule form, some children below 14 years may have difficulty to swallow.}

Mucuna pruriens

Common name: Cowitch Plant (Kuhili)
Sanskrit and Hindi Names:
Kavach, Kapikachhu, Atmagupta Naikaranam, Kawanch, Kewach
Mucuna pruriens or Kapikachhu is well-known for its aphrodisiac activities as it is known to increase the sperm count and to increase testosterone levels in the body. The herb is also known to help the body build lean muscle and to break down surplus fat and hence Mucuna or Kapikachhu is often used by athletes, sports persons and body builders as sports medicine for increasing body performance.
The herb is boon for those who are willing to follow a weight loss plan.
Interesting fact about Mucuna and L-Dopa
Kapikachhu contains a natural source of L-Dopa that was brought into everybody's attention by the movie 'Awakenings' with Robin Williams. These components stimulate the brains fabrication of dopamine that will perk up mood, sexuality and co-ordination. This herb has gone through many clinical trials and studies showing its optimistic effects on Parkinson's disease. Dopamine encourages the release of HGH (human growth hormone) from the pituitary gland, and it is the hormone that aids the body build muscle and breaking down fat.

Benefits of Mucuna Pruriens

The Mucuna pruriense or Kapikachhu is well known for being both; as a very efficient nervine-tonic and aphrodisiac, shown to augment testosterone levels. Many health and doctors experts also opine taking Mucuna to help preserve the practical presentation of the nervous system.
The Mucuna pruriense is also used as a dietary supplement and it will help the evidence of protein in muscles and therefore, can increase muscle mass and strength. The extract is also known to reinstate mental alertness and to perk up coordination.
Some of the most common use for Mucuna Pruriens is as follow -
  • Mucuna or Kapikachhu can improve libido since it is best aphrodisiac agent known.
  • Mucuna helps the nervous system reach optimum performance
  • Kapikachhu is many times used to increase sperm count and ovulation in women
  • It is used to increase muscle mass and endurance.
  • It also enhances mental functioning
Dosage: take 1-2 Capsules two times a day after meal or as directed by your health practitioner or physician.

Some of the specific use of Mucuna

Increase libido

As per Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal science, Mucuna carries vital properties to augment the libido and therefore, the drug has been used as an aphrodisiac. Mucuna is still in use to increase libido in both men and women due to its dopamine inducing actions.

Nervous System and Reproductive System
There are many researches and clinical trials representative Mucuna herb as a very successful nervine tonic and aphrodisiac agent. Researches have proved its worth in maintaining optimal performance of the central nervous system in human beings. Mucuna has also been reported assisting normal nerve cell function. It contains active constituent alkaloids such as mucanine, pruridine, tannic acid, resin, lecithin and L-dopa.
A nervine tonic
Mucuna pruriens or kapikachhu seed powder contains high concentrations of levodopa. Levodopa is a straight precursor of the neurotransmitter known as dopamine. This herb has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic system of Indian medicine for treating various nervous diseases including Parkinsonism. In a meticulous amount, it also shows mind-booster tonic and soothing down the aggressive mind.
Great Health Supplement
Another positive benefit of Mucuna is that it can augments the production of human growth hormone (HCG), and extracts are normally highlighted as body-building supplements. Mucuna has also been listed to have safer diuretic effects. It is measured to be an agent that increases tissue resiliency and therefore improving coordination in a dull person.
Useful in Parkinsonism
Mucuna pruriens may characteristic advantages in the long-term management of Parkinson's disease or PD, as per the results of a double-blind, randomized trial published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry. In a crossover-design trial, eight persons suffering from Parkinson's disease were challenged with single doses of 200/50 mg L-dopa/carbidopa (LD/CD), and 15 and 30 gm of Mucuna preparation in randomized order at weekly intervals. At baseline, patients have had a short-duration L-dopa response and on period dyskinesias. UPDRS (Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale) and tapping speed were measured at baseline and repeatedly during the 4 hr after drug ingestion.
Onset of effect was noticeably faster with the 30 gm Mucuna preparation as compared to that with standard LD/CD (34.6 vs 68.5 minutes; P = .021), reflected in shorter latencies to peak L-dopa plasma concentrations. Compared with LD/CD, mean on time with 30 gm Mucuna was 21.9% (37 minutes) longer (P = .021), peak L-dopa plasma concentrations were 110% higher, and the area under the plasma concentration versus time curve was 165.3% larger (P = .012). There were no significant differences between treatments in tolerability or in dyskinesias on the modified AIMS and Goetz scales.

The plant of Kapikacchu

The Mucuna plant is an annual, climbing shrub with long vines that can reach over fifteen meter in length. The herb bears white, lavender, or purple flowers. Mucuna have pods that are enclosed in loose orange hairs that can cause a severe itching if come into the contact with the skin. The beans of Mucuna herb are shiny black or brown. The herb's home is found in tropical Africa , India and the Caribbean .