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Biological Name: Carpopogon pruiens, Atmagupta, Mucuna pruriens, Dolichos pruiens Mucuna prutitacowitch

Other Names: Kapikachhu, Kewach, Cowitch, Kawanch, Cowhage plant, Naikaranam, kavach

Additional Info: The plant has a form of a bush and is native to tropical areas of India. The herb is characteristic of having velvety, brownish fruits, which are consumed as veggies. The fuzz covering the pods is a strong skin irritant.

Elements Applied: Herbal medicine applies the root and the fruit produced by the plant.

Used For: The herb is known to produce a stimulative effect on the organism, giving it more energy. It is used to fight diarrhea and kill helminthes. The plant is also referred to as a remedy for boosting sexual desire. The seeds are used for killing helminthes, reducing nervous tension, boosting sexual desire, and fighting diarrhea. The root is a stimulant for the nervous system, and urination enhancer. Pod fuzz produces a strong effect on the helminthes as well.

Pod infusion is applied for treating dropsy. Seeds are a good remedy for spermatorrhoea, menorrhagia, leucorrhoea, Parkinson’s disease, and are also applied for boosting libido. The are used for stimulating the organism.

Root is applied for nervous conditions, like facial paralysis. Root decoction is especially useful for blood conditions, rheumatic pains, coughs, asthma, bladder stones, and as a tonic. Additionally applied for elephantiasis, edema and fevers. Leaves are applied for treating ulcers. The plant is generally thought potent of curing AIDS and its ability with this regard is being tested.

Preparation and Intake: Used in form of confections, powder and decoctions.

Safety: There is no data concerning the safety level of this plant. It should be avoided in case of congestion.

Warning! You should not use the herb unless you are under medical control. Ayurvedic herbs are commonly used in mixtures with other plants to reduce the negative effect one of them can produce on the organism.