Kapikacchu or Mucuna Benefits and Uses in Erectile Dysfunction
mucuna pruriens for erectile dysfunction

Kapikacchu or Mucuna Benefits and Uses in Erectile Dysfunction

Kapikacchu or Mucuna or Velvet-bean is being used in ayurvedic preparations from ages. Ayurveda recommends this herb in treatment of erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.


Mucuna pruriens is a legume, found in Africa, India and the Caribbean. It is an annual, climbing shrub which grows over 13 – 15 m height. The young plant is completely covered by hair where as  older plants are free of it. The leaves are tripinnate . Flowers are white, lavender, or purple. The fruits are leguminous. The husk is very hairy and carries up to seven seeds. Its seed pods are about 10 cm long and are covered in loose, orange hairs that cause a severe itch if they come in contact with skin. The chemical compounds responsible for the itch are a protein, mucunain, and serotonin

This plant is also known as cowhage, cowitch , Velvet Bean , Itchy bean, Buffalo bean etc. In India it is known as Kevancha, kavach or kevach (Hindi).

Ayurvedic Medicinal Properties of Mucuna

Texts of ayurveda explain ayurvedic medicinal properties of mucuna as follows

kapikacchu ayurvedic herbs for erectile dysfunction
kapikacchu ayurvedic herbs for erectile dysfunction

Ayurveda acharyas have grouped this plant under Balya (body strengthening herbs), Madhura skanda (herbs with sweet taste) and Vatasamshamana (Herbs which normalize vata dosha).

Based on principles of ayurveda this plant normalizes vata and increases kapha and pitta. Hence it is administered in diseases caused due to vitiation of vata.

According to ayurveda principles the plant Mucuna pruriens or kapikacchu is heavy to digest (guru) and increases moistness of tissues (snigdha). It has both sweet (madhura rasa)and bitter taste (tikta rasa) and the potency is hot.

Benefits of Kapikacchu or Mucuna in Erectile Dysfunction and Premature Ejaculation 

Stress Related ED and PE

The roots and seeds of kapikacchu help to strengthen the nervous system and reduce stress. Therefore it is used as nervine tonic and it helps in stress related erectile dysfunction. .

In Erectile Dysfunction due to Shukra ksahya

Shukra is one of the seven dhatus or tissues and it balances sexual function. When shukra diminishes in quality and quantity, it leads to ED and PE. Kapikacchu or mucuna is

According to ayurveda Acharyas seeds of mucuna pruriens act as vrishya (aphrodisiac) and Vajikara (boosts sexual function). It also enhances quality and quantity of shukra dhatu. This boosts sexual function and prevents early ejaculation. Thus mucuna helps in conditions like erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and low sperm count. Regular use of these seeds increase libido in men. Hence seeds of kapikacchu are used in ayurveda vajikarana therapy.

In Impotence due to Low testosterone Level

Recent researches have shown that  Mucuna Pruriens contains L-DOPA (levodopa) which is the precursor for the hormone/neurotransmitter dopamine. This bio ingredient supresses’ prolactin and increase testosterone. Hence use of mucuna pruriens helps to boost testosterone level in men. Increased testosterone normalises sexual function and boosts libido.

The following actions of mucuna show why it is used in male infertility and erectile dysfunction.
  1. Mucuna increases sperm volume and boosts sperm count and motility.
  2. It reduces cortisol and prevents oxidative damage
  3. Kapikacchu stimulates androgen receptors.
  4. This herb Boosts dopamine production.
  5. Regular use increases testosterone levels and decrease prolactin level
  6. Decreased prolactin levels.

Studies have shown that Mucuna Pruriens help to increase the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone increases muscle mass, libido and rectifies erectile dysfunction. The seeds improve male fertility by increasing concentration of male hormones. This also increases quality and quantity of semen.

Other Health Benefits of Kapikacchu or Mucuna

Seeds of velvet bean or mucuna are also effective in dysmenorrhea (gynecological condition of pain during menstruation) in women. Texts of ayurveda mention the usage of seeds to strengthen the muscles of vagina.

Roots of velvet bean have diuretic properties.

Ayurveda acharyas recommend use of this herb to strengthen the body, increase stamina and muscle bulk.

Seeds contain protein, lipids, dietary fiber, ash, carbohydrates, minerals and it contains plenty of  alkaloids, saponins and sterols. The main ingredients are L-dopa , mucanine and serotonin. L-Dopa acts as anti-Parkinson’s and increases testosterone.

The tribal people use plant and its extracts as anti venom for various snake bites.

The hairs on fruits help to eliminate intestinal parasites. It is usually administered with honey, butter and jaggery.

How to Use Mucuna in Erectile Dysfunction and Premature Ejaculation ?

Mucuna can be used along with other vajikarana herbs like ashwagandha , Gokshura (tribulus), safed musli and vidarikanda. (Vajimix ayurvedic aphrodisiac powder for men contains all these herbs in proper proportion) .

Kapikacchu extract is added in ayurvedic capsules or pills. (Rejuzoa ayurvedic capsules or Pills for men vitality and vigour). These can be taken after consulting a qualified ayurvedic physician.

Kapikacchu or mucuna is used in classical avaleha preparation. This has to be taken along with milk. (vajikara lehyam is a vajikarana rasayana which contains mucuna in classical ayurvedic preparation)

Sometimes this herb with other vajikarana herbs is processed in pure sesame oil to prepare an ayurvedic massage oil. This can be massaged on male genital organ to boost blood circulation and improve hard erections. This helps in erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.

Author : Dr. Savitha Suri Consultant Ayurvedic Physician

Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3551850/

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