Botanical Name Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC.
Family Fabaceae
Origin India
Description Mucuna pruriens is a tropical legume native to Africa and Asia. It is a climbing vine with long, hairy pods that contain beans. The beans have a velvet-like covering, hence the common name “velvet bean.” The plant has long, broad leaves and produces showy purple flowers.
Parts Used Seeds, roots, leaves, and pods
Dose The recommended dose of Mucuna pruriens extract is 500-1000mg per day, taken with food.


Ayurveda Features

Formulations(Yog) Kaunch beej churna, Kaunch pak, Kaunch panchak churna, Kaunchadi churna
Anti-Dote (Nivaran Dravya) Unknown
Ayurvedic Properties GUNA (Quality): Guru (heavy), Snigdha (unctuous)
RASA (Taste): Madhura (sweet), Tikta (bitter)
VIPAK (Metabolism): Madhura (sweet)
VIRYA (Potency): Ushna (hot)
PRABHAV (Impact): Vrishya (aphrodisiac)
Other Names Sanskrit: Atmagupta, Kauncha, Kapikacchu
Hindi: Kaunch, Konch
Assamese: Kausa, Kajoli
Bengali: Kaunch
Kannada: Alukaradu beeja, Nasugunni beeja
Malayalam: Naikkural, Poonaikali
Manipuri: Atangchingee, Leiping
Marathi: Kavach beej, Kaunch
Oriya: Konch
Telugu: Dulagondanu, Macuna pruriens, Poonaikali



Mucuna pruriens is found throughout the tropics, including Africa, India, and the Caribbean.
Pharmacognosy The seeds of Mucuna pruriens contain high levels of the amino acid L-dopa, which is a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. They also contain alkaloids, flavonoids, and other compounds that have pharmacological properties.
Cultivation Mucuna pruriens is a hardy plant that can grow in a wide range of soil types. It prefers warm, humid climates and grows well in tropical regions.
Physical Constituents Velvet-like covering on the beans
Chemical Constituents L-dopa, alkaloids, flavonoids, and other compounds



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