Kaunch Beej (Mucuna Pruriens)

Kapikacchu plant seeds is known as kaunch beej. Mucuna pruriens is the Kaunch beej's Latin name. Southern Africa, America, Australia, and India are the primary locations for this herb. Kaunch beej seeds are tiny pods with a length of 10 cm.

Ayurvedic medicine uses the herb kaunch beej for a variety of therapeutic uses. Aphrodisiac activities, neurological illnesses, impotence, sexual debility, infertility, and other ailments were treated with it in the past.


  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Order: Fabales
  • Latin name: Mucuna pruriens
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Subfamily: Faboideae
  • Tribe: Phaseoleae
  • Genus: Mucuna
  • Species: M. pruriens

Other Names of Kaunch Beej

  • Botanical name: Mucuna pruriens
  • English name: Cow-hage, Cow itch, Velvet beans 
  • Hindi name: Kevanch, Kaunch
  • Tamil name: Poonai kaali vithu, poonaikali vithu, Poonaikali vidai, 
  • Malayalam name: Naikorana
  • Kannada: Nausukunni

Medicinal Properties


Hindi / Sanskrit


Rasa (Taste)

Tikta, Madhura

Bitter, Sweet 

Guna (Physical Property)

Snigdha, Guru

Unctuous, Heavy 

Virya (Potency)



Vipaka (Post-Digestive Taste)



Effect on dosha

It balances all three doshas (Kapha, Pitta, and Vata)

According to Ayurveda - AyurvedicProperties of Kaunch Beej:

  • Vatahara: beneficial for various kinds of neurological conditions.
  • Balya: It supports a person's increased immunity and strength.
  • Bahumala: It causes an increase in feces output.
  • Vrushya: The plant exhibits aphrodisiac properties.
  • Bruhmani: It gives the body proper nutrition.

Healing Properties

  • Anti-Parkinson's disease
  • Spermatogenic
  • Erectogenic
  • Strengthening
  • Nervine tonic
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Neuro-restorative
  • Androgenic

Health Benefits

  • Levodopa can be found naturally in some seeds.
  • It helps the neurological system as a whole.
  • These seeds help you keep your balance and posture.
  • Stress and anxiety can be lessened by the seeds.
  • It strengthens immunity, increases vigor, and increases endurance.
  • These seeds nourish the mind.
  • It supports libido maintenance.
  • The entire male and female reproductive systems are revitalized by the seeds.

What are the Indications of Kaunch Beej?

  • Hyperprolactinemia
  • Leucorrhea
  • Asthma
  • Oligospermia
  • Low testosterone levels
  • Paralysis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Facial paralysis
  • Amnesia
  • Dementia
  • General weakness
  • Erectile dysfunction'
  • Impotency
  • Stress
  • Anxiety

Uses of Kaunch Beej

  • Treats Parkinson's Disease - Numerous substances, including harmin alkaloids, nicotine, lecithin, unsaturated acids, gallic acid, bufotenin, and genistein, among others, can be found in kaunch beej powder. These substances have neuroprotective properties that improve Parkinson's disease outcomes.

  • Improves Digestive System - The nutritional characteristics of Kaunch beej seeds make them good for many kinds of digestive ailments.

  • Improves Function of the Nervous System - Levodopa, a precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine, is present in these seeds. Dopamine is involved in emotion, learning, working memory, involuntary movement, sleep disorders, and cognition. It benefits the central nervous system as a result.

  • Improves Reproductive Health - These seeds have a tonic effect. According to Ayurveda, it supports the Skhura dhatu, or reproductive tissue. These seeds sustain libido and sexual vigor and are an aphrodisiac. Kaunch seeds also support healthy ova and sperm development and regular fertility by promoting the appropriate operation of a reproductive organ.

  • Helps in Bodybuilding - The amino acid L-Dopa stimulates the body's ability to produce more human growth hormone, which builds muscular mass and fortifies the body.

Side Effects of Kaunch Beej

  • Steer clear of these seeds if you're expecting. Always consume Kaunch beej powder under a doctor's supervision as it may drop blood sugar levels.
  • Those who suffer from excess androgen syndrome ought not to consume these seeds. Always consume Kaunch beej powder under a doctor's supervision if you have Parkinson's disease.

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