Mucuna Pruriens, also known as Velvet Bean, cowitch, cowhage, itchy bean amongst other titles, is a rising tropical bean. This striking-looking plant, using its slightly pointed green leaves and gorgeous clusters of dark purple flowers, is noteworthy for its numerous health benefits relating to memory, mood, and libido to name but a few, and it is fast getting more mainstream throughout the american holistic medicine community for these reasons. It’s also considered that Mucuna Pruriens can increase testosterone levels.
Mucuna pruriens will also be drinking in certain regions as a coffee substitute resulting in another nickname”Nescafe” (although it bears no connection with the industrial manufacturer ). The fresh beans may create a yummy meal but one has to soak the beans for at least 1 to 48 hours prior to cooking, because of toxins; this procedure removes chemicals including L-Dopa and tiny quantities of tryptamines, making sure that the beans are safe for ingestion.
For centuries, Mucuna Pruriens has been used because of the aphrodisiac properties. Even now, it is still utilized to increase libido in both genders because of its concentration of dopamine raising chemical properties. Dopamine is an important chemical messenger which amongst other things has a deep influence on sexual function and is thought to improve sperm output in men.
Aside from the aphrodisiac effects, Mucuna Pruriens as well as the dopamine effects it induces has been used in the medication of those Ayurvedic Indians in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease mucuna pruriens. In reality, the way in which this wonderful bean increases the body’s dopamine levels is by the absorption of L-Dopa that’s naturally found in the plant and it’s this chemical that has also found applications in orthodox medical science as an important Parkinson’s disease treatment. This specific usage of L-Dopa was made famous by Robin Williams in the 1990s film’Awakenings’.
Velvet bean thrives in a range of environments, prefers lots of suns, favors humid places but it handles dryness or deficiency of water. It’s well worth planting it with other plants because Mucuna Pruriens adds nitrogen to the ground.
Skin contact with the velvet bean pods must be avoided because obviously, the pods develop a nice covering of orange hairs that can give rise to inflammation and blisters. Fortunately, a variety of cultivated types seem not to have the hairs.