Kapikachhú, Átmaguptá, Cowitch or Cowhage Plant


Sanskrit: Kapikachhú, Átmaguptá

kipakcCU, •atmagauptaa


Hindi: Kavach

E n g l i s h : Cowitch or    Cowhage Plant

Latin: Mucuna pruriens  Bak. M.prutita   (Carpopogon p  r u i e n s ; D o l i c h o s  pruiens)

Part Used:Seeds, root, legumes

Habitat: Annual climbing shrub common in the tropics of India; legumes are eaten as vegetable

Energetics: Sweet-cold- sweet VP- K+ Tissues: Reproductive

Systems: Nervous, reproductive

Action: Anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, astringent, nervine, tonic, rejuvenative, (root is nervine/tonic) Uses: Seeds—Main herb for Parkinsons. One of the best tonics and aphrodisiacs for the repro- ductive system. Indigestion, colic, debility, edema, impotence, infertility, leukorrhea, menorrhagia, roundworm, spermatorrhea.  Generally, it is used with ámalakí, a¤hwagandhá, ¤hatávarí, gokßhura, white and black musali to make pills and jellies. Roots—fevers, edema, elephantiasis (externally), nervous disorders, including facial paralysis. Precautions: Do not use when congested Preparation: Decoction, powder, confections

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