Kaunch (Mucuna pruriens) Herb Medicinal Details

Kaunch or Kapikachhu (Mucuna pruriens) is a plant found in Indian sub-continent and Africa. In general it a wild plant but in many places people also do cultivation of this plant. Whole Kaunch plant has medicinal properties and used widely in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine to treat nerve and sexual disorder’s as well as as supplement.


Common names

Medicinal chemistry for Nerve Disorder

Medicinal Chemistry For treating sexual disorders

Effect of kaunch seeds on sexual disorders

Home remedies of kaunch

Dosage of kaunch

Overview of Mucuna pruriens

Mucuna pruriens is mostly found in India as well as other parts like Africa, Caribbean etc. It can be found in low rise forests and it is grown by many farmers in India also. This plan is legume(Fabaceae Family) plant and resembles to broad beans plan as both are from same family. It’s leaves, flowers and beans looks similar except Kaunch beans and leaves outer layer has fuzzy hairs and these hairs are very itching.

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In India and world this plant’s identity is ”extreme itchiness property” as used as itching powder. This itchiness is due to mountain and serotonin in hair on seed pods and leaves.

In Ayurveda and Unani medicine system seed of mucuna(Kaunch Beej) is used for treating sexual and other nerve disorder due to it’s great medicinal properties. In many part’s people eat beans and use whole plant as fodder.

Now Mucuna pruriens is in use all over world for treatment of men and omen fertility and other nerve disorders and it is in very high demand.

Most common names of Kaunch (Mucuna pruriens)

Bieh in the Madurese language
Atmagupta or Kapikacchu in Sanskrit
Kiwanch, Kevanch, Konch in Hindi
Khaajkuiri in Marathi
Alkushi in Bengali
Poonaikkaali in Tamil

Duradagondi in Telugu
Naykuruna in Malayalam
Kavach beej(Common Mdicinal uses name)
Nasagunnikaayi in Kannada
Baidanka in Oriya

Velvet bean, Cowhage, Cowitch, Donkey eye, monkey tamarind, and Buffalo beans in English

Medicinal chemistry of Mucuna pruriens for Nerve Disorder

Kaunch seeds contain high concentrations of levodopa, a direct precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine. In Ayurveda this has been used to treat Parkinson's disease.

Kaunch seeds also very good source of protein and dietary fiber and used as supplement to build muscles. Many athletes use kaunch seed supplement to build muscles and stamina.

Kaunch lowers the blood sugar level. Those with diabetes should only use kaunch under the supervision of a qualified doctor.

Medicinal Chemistry of Kaunch for treating human sexual problems

Kaunch seeds contains Aphrodisiac which is very good to increase libido in humans.

It’s seeds contains levodopa, which combines with dopamine and restrict release of hormone Prolactin in body as cures erectile dysfunction.

Effect of kaunch seeds on sexual disorders

  • The kaunch seeds prophylactic action against oligospermia is useful in increasing sperm count. It increases sperm count and very good for male fertility.
  • Kaunch release bound up testosterone, Strengthen and tone the sexual glands and increase blood circulation to the genitals.
  • Reduces stress, anxiety and increase stamina and sex drive libido
  • kaunch also regularizes ovulation in women

Home remedies of kaunch

  • Root of this herb is used for neuromuscular disorders particularly in Facial paralysis and Hemiplegic. Make decoction of mucuna herb 50 ml and mix it with 250 ml mustard oil for massage.
  • For leucorrhoea take powdered of kaunch seed with honey
  • Take Kaunch seed powder along with honey and ginger juice in allergic bronchitis

Dosage of kaunch

Use this herb by consulting some expert as dosage depends upon several factors like age, health condition, gender of Individual.

Warning: For any nerve disorder, diabetes take kaunch by consulting some ayurvedic doctor.

Never use kaunch in during pregnancy.

Use kaunch products only after consulting a doctor, still you can use OTC herbal products containing small quantity of kaunch.

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