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Traditionally used to nourish the nervous and reproductive systems*
Mucuna pruriens, known as kapikacchu in Ayurveda, is a natural source of levodopa (L-dopa), an essential precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. It is traditionally used to nourish the nervous system and support the healthy function of the reproductive system. Mucuna powder is the most traditional and versatile way to use this herb.*
California Customers: WARNING
Take ¼ to ½ teaspoon with warm water, once or twice daily, or as directed by your health practitioner.
If you are pregnant, nursing, or taking medications, or have a medical condition, please consult with your health practitioner prior to use. Keep out of the reach of children.
Kapikacchu Seed Powder (Mucuna pruriens)+.
This product is organically grown and processed in accordance with the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP).
This item contains no animal products and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Mucuna can be used on its own by adding up to one teaspoon of the powder in to warm water. Alternatively, warm milk can be used in place of water as milk is also a good vehicle for taking Mucuna. Bring the milk and mucuna powder to boiling point, then remove from heat and let cool to a comfortable temperature before drinking. This can be taken in the morning and the evening.1
Mucuna is often used in combination with amalaki, ashwagandha, shatavari, vidari kanda, and gokshura for added reproductive support.2 Many of these herbs are a part of Men's Support and Stress Ease formulas.
Use the same suggestions given for supporting your reproductive system (questions 1 and 2). If you would like to make your own powdered formula, use equal parts of kapikacchu, amalaki, ashwagandha, shatavari, and gokshura, add to warm milk or ghee, and take in the morning and evening. In Ayurveda, both milk and ghee are considered to be natural aphrodisiacs, which further supports your intention.3
Kapikacchu powder can be added to warm water or warm milk, and you can enjoy this at any time in the day or evening. Stress Ease is another option: this formula combines kapikacchu with ashwagandha, shatavari, brahmi/gotu kola, and guduchi (among other herbs), and it is a rejuvenating and nourishing formula that helps you cope with stress.
Mucuna is a nervine and a tonic, and both qualities support the nervous system.4 Mucuna is a natural source of levodopa, or L-dopa, which is a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. This is a technical way to say that it can help you feel calm and relaxed.
Add the powder to a cup of warm milk and a little honey; the combination with milk and honey will enhance mucuna’s restorative qualities.5 You can use ghee as an alternative to milk if you desire. Ghee will also support mucuna’s restorative qualities. Take it at night to fully experience the herb’s rejuvenative effects: the herb will work while your body sleeps.
Stress Ease tablets are another option: the majority of the herbs in the formula – kapikacchu, ashwagandha, brahmi/gotu kola, guduchi, and gokshura – are all excellent for supporting a healthy nervous system.
Making a nourishing, warming tea is a great option: add the powder to warm milk or water and drink it at any time that works for you. You can also take Healthy Vata; as the name implies, this formula was created to bring balance to vata. It harnesses the energy of kapikacchu and enhances its ability to support vata by combining it with many other herbs that can address vata imbalances.
Mucuna works in different systems within the body, especially the nervous and reproductive systems,6 and it has different actions that help the body regain balance in these different systems – it is traditionally considered an aphrodisiac, for example.7 You can use the same mode of intake for different situations (for example, add it to warm water or warm milk), and kapikacchu will go where it is needed in your body.
While you can enjoy mucuna on its own, you can also enhance it’s efficacy in a particular system by taking some of the herbal combinations suggested, or try our formulas in tablet form that contain mucuna, such as Healthy Vata, Stress Ease, or Men's Support. The herbs complement each other: the presence of the other herbs not only help direct kapikacchu’s potency within the body to a particular area, but they also bring out every other herb’s actions, making the formulas well-rounded and effective.
Yes! Kapikacchu is the Sanskrit name, while “mucuna” is part of kapikacchu’s botanical name (Mucuna pruriens). We sell our bulk powder under the name kapikacchu and we sell our tablets as mucuna. Though we use different names, it is the same herb.
There are approximately 3500mg of mucuna in one teaspoon.
Levodopa, commonly called L-dopa, is an amino acid that is naturally found in mucuna. L-dopa is a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine.
The concentration of Levodopa in our mucuna is approximately 4-5 percent. Concentrations can vary from season to season depending on environmental conditions.
Dietary supplements such as mucuna are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Kapikacchu is a natural source of L-dopa and supports a healthy nervous system. Whether it is useful for people with Parkinson’s disease is a matter to discuss with your health practitioner.
Our mucuna is grown and harvested in Karnataka, India. This creeping vine can be found all over India, and it especially loves tropical regions, making Karnataka an ideal environment.