Mucuna powder is frequently purchased by people with:
- Sex hormone imbalances
- Pain and inflammation
Mucuna Bean (Mucuna pruriens, Velvet bean, kapikatchhu, cowitch) is a bean-like plant that grows wild in the tropics and is used as a minor food crop and traditional medicine in India, West Africa, and Central America. Macuna Bean has been used since ancient times in Ayurvedic medicine. It is still commonly used in support of the body’s response to the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and to increase mobility in these patients. Mucuna pruriens naturally contain high concentrations (7-10%) of L-DOPA which is a direct precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. It is used widely for fertility issues, sexual dysfunction, mood support; joint and other arthritic conditions as well as parasitic infestations and is also a useful toxin binding agent.
Please see 'Research & More Information' below, to learn more about Mucuna Bean Powder.
Effects have been observed in the following:
- Blood Sugar Metabolism*
- Detoxification Support*
- Hormonal Balance Support*
- Inflammation/Pain Management*
- Microbial/Fungal/Parasitic/Co-Infection Defense*
- Mental Clarity/Anxiety/Mood Support*
- Neurological Support*
- Skin Health Support*
- Fertility Support*
One quarter to one half teaspoon, two to three times per day in warm water†.
100% organic Mucuna Bean Puriens Powder (Kapikachhu).
ALLERGY WARNING: Macuna bean pod is broken down with milk enzymes. Patients with dairy allergy may show signs of sensitivity**.
DO NOT USE with a history of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Liver Disease, Low Blood Sugar, Peptic Ulcers, Mental Illness, Melanoma or prior to Surgery. Discuss usage with your licensed healthcare provider for possible drug interactions.
Research & More Information
Mucuna pruriens, also known as Cowitch, or Velvet Bean because of the furry coat of hairs that cover its seedpod, is a trailing legume that grows in tropical climates in India, China, Africa, and southeastern areas of North America. Various parts of the plant have been employed in traditional herbal treatments in a number of countries and are extensively used in ayurvedic medicine (1).
Mucuna is well known today for its value for patients with Parkinson’s disease (2) and depression (3). The beans have been found to contain L-DOPA, a precursor to Dopamine, and 5-HTP, a precursor to Seratonin, both important neurotransmitters. Dopamine is essential to processes that control movement, emotional response, and the experience of pain and pleasure. Seratonin is involved in memory, learning, and the regulation of mood, appetite, and sleep. Research has shown that the brains of Parkinson’s patients often have deficient levels of Dopamine and preparations from the seeds of Mucuna pruriens have proven to be very beneficial as an adjunct with treatment plans, with some advantages over synthetic drugs (4). The exact mechanisms by which Mucuna’s bioactive ingredients work in the human body is not completely understood, but we do know that the herb has antioxidant, neurorestorative, neuroprotective, and metal chelating properties (4,5,6).
Powder of the hairy Mucuna seed pods is also commonly used in cases of male impotence and sterility and as an aphrodisiac. Research indicates that the powder’s mechanism of action can decrease stress, rejuvenate male reproductive hormones, normalize seminal plasma chemistry, and increase sperm count and motility (1,7,8,9).
Mucuna has also been used as an antimicrobial to kill intestinal parasites (1,10) and as an antivenom for cobra and viper snake bites (1,11).
Recently, Mucuna pruriens has become prevalent in the body-building world and is turning up in a lot of supplement formulas intended to add muscle mass without fat. It is suggested that secretagogues in Mucuna stimulate human growth hormone secretion and result in testosterone-like effects on the body (12,13).
Mucuna bean powder comes from A-grade plants that are grown free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Harvesting is done at the optimum time so that the plant’s beneficial properties are at their peak. The beans are sorted, washed once in reverse osmosis purified water and a second time in demineralized water, and then shadow-dried. The whole beans are pulverized, potentiated, and prepared in the traditional ayurvedic manner, taking great care to provide you with a product that is pure, powerful, and effective.
(2) Dhanasekaran M, Tharakan B, Manyam BV. Antiparkinson drug--Mucuna pruriens shows antioxidant and metal chelating activity. Phytother Res. 2008 Jan;22(1):6-11.
(3) Dipanwita Pati, Dilip Kumar Pandey, Radhakrishnan Mahesh, Vadiraj Kurdekar, Hemant R. Jhadav. Anti-Depressant-Like Activity of Mucuna pruriens; A Traditional Indian Herb in Rodent Models of Depression. Pharmacologyonline 1: 537-551 (2010).
(4) Katzenschlager R, Evans A, Manson A, Patsalos PN, Ratnaraj N, Watt H, Timmermann L, Van der Giessen R, Lees AJ. Mucuna pruriens in Parkinson's disease: a double blind clinical and pharmacological study. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2004 Dec;75(12):1672-7.
(5) Binu Tharakan, Muralikrishnan Dhanasekaran, Janna Mize-Berge, Bala V. Manyam. Anti-parkinson botanical Mucuna pruriens prevents levodopa induced plasmid and genomic DNA damage. Phytotherapy Research. Volume 21, Issue 12, pages 1124–1126, December 2007.
(6) Bala V. Manyam, Muralikrishnan Dhanasekaran, Theodore A. Hare. Neuroprotective effects of the antiparkinson drug Mucuna pruriens. Phytotherapy Research. Volume 18, Issue 9, pages 706–712, September 2004.
(7) Kamla Kant Shukla, Abbas Ali Mahdi, Mohammad Kaleem Ahmad, Shyam Pyari Jaiswar, Satya Narain Shankwar, and Sarvada Chandra Tiwari. Mucuna pruriens Reduces Stress and Improves the Quality of Semen in Infertile Men. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Volume 7 (2010), Issue 1, Pages 137-144.
(8) Gupta A, Mahdi AA, Ahmad MK, Shukla KK, Bansal N, Jaiswer SP, Shankhwar SN. A proton NMR study of the effect of Mucuna pruriens on seminal plasma metabolites of infertile males. J Pharm Biomed Anal. 2011 Jul 15;55(5):1060-6. Epub 2011 Mar 11.
(9) Ahmad MK, Mahdi AA, Shukla KK, Islam N, Jaiswar SP, Ahmad S. Effect of Mucuna pruriens on semen profile and biochemical parameters in seminal plasma of infertile men. Fertil Steril. 2008 Sep;90(3):627-35.
(10)M.S.Shree Devi, B.Sampath Kumar. Antifungal and Anthelmintic Activity of Extracts of Mucuna pruriens Seeds. Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Vol 1:4 (2011).
(11)Meenatchisundaram S and Michael A. Antitoxin activity of Mucuna pruriens aqueous extracts against Cobra and Krait venom by in vivo and in vitro methods. International Journal of PharmTech Research. Vol.2, No.1, pp 870-874, Jan-Mar 2010.
(12)Gordon ML, Gordon EF, Gordon AM, Gordon RH, Anand S. Secretropin- An alternative to injectable recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH). Journal of Anti Aging Protocology. March 17, 2009.
(13)Nazir Ahmad, Zia-ur-Rahman, Nafees Akhtar and Shujait Ali. Testosterone like Activity of Ethanolic and Aqueous Extracts of Mucuna pruriens Seeds and its Effects on Serum Biochemical Metabolites in Immature Male Rats. Pak Vet J, 2012, Vol. 32(1):60-64.
† or use as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
* Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and are designed to be used as part of an overall health plan with your authorized healthcare provider. Individuals taking food supplements or have an underlying health condition should consult with their authorized healthcare provider before using these products. We suggest that you consult your authorized healthcare provider if you have any health problems and require a medical diagnosis, medical advice or treatment. Statements herein have not been evaluated by the FDA. We do not recommend any of our natural products to be used for small children without the guidance of a licensed healthcare provider. We do not recommend that any of our products be used while breastfeeding, while pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
** Allergy test by using trace amount on skin and observing for 24 hours. Continue allergy test for consumption with trace amount and observe for 24 hours. Stop use of product if adverse reactions occur with ongoing use.