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Mucuna pruriens

Name: Cowitch
Biological Name: Mucuna pruriens, Mucuna prutita, Carpopogon pruiens, Dolichos pruiens
Other Names: Cowitch, Cowhage plant, kavach, Kapikachhu, Atmagupta, Naikaranam, Kawanch, Kewach

This herb is an annual climbing shrub found in the tropics of India. Golden brown, velvety legumes are produced by the plant. These are eaten as a vegetable. The hairs on the pods produce intense irritation of the skin.

mucuna pruriens

Parts Used: Seeds, root, legumes
Medicinal Properties:
Herb - anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, astringent, nervine, tonic, rejuvenative.
Seeds - antihelmintic, astringent, nervine tonic, and an aphrodisiac
Root - nervine tonic, diuretic
Hairs on the pods - irritant, powerful vermifuge

Therapeutic Uses:
Infusion of the pods is a good remedy for dropsy.
The seeds are used in leucorrhoea, menorrhagia, spermatorrhoea, Parkinson's and as an aphrodisiac. They are one of the best tonics and used as powder to improve vitality.

Root is used as a remedy in facial paralysis and nervous disorders. Decoction of the roots purifies the blood, cures rheumatism, asthma, cough, stone in the bladder and improves vitality. it is also used for fevers, edema, and elephantiasis.

Leaf paste is applied to ulcers.   

This herb is being investigated as a possible remedy for AIDS.

Decoction, powder, confections

Do not use when congested.
No information about the safety of this herb is available.

Use caution:
Ayurvedic herbs are often taken in combination to neutralize the toxicity one herb with the opposing effect of other. Do not take except under the supervision of a qualified professional.

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