Kapikachu is one of the most potent herbs used in Ayurveda owing to it’s medicinal properties. The herb is commonly known as Cowhage. The herb produces itching sensation because of it’s hairs and hence the name given. Dr.Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses Kapikachu for the treatment of disorders involving vitiation of all the doshas (Vata Pitta and Kapha ) as the plant is Tridosha hara in nature. Kapikachu is used in conditions like Non healing ulcers, Emaciation etc. The herb contains Phytoconstituents like mucuadinine, prurienidine etc which aids in its aphrodisiac and diuretic actions.
General aspects and geography
Botanical name : Mucuna pruriens
Family : Papilionaceae
Habitat: All over India
Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks
Charaka Samhita – Balya varga(Nourishing )
Susruta Samhita – Vidarigandadi gana
Medicinal property according to Ayurveda
- Rasayana ( Rejuvanative )
- Balya (Nourishing )
- Dipana (Carminative )
- Vrishya (aphrodisiac )
- Fever (Jwara)- Decoction prepared from Kapikachu is taken at a dose of 90 ml twice per day to alleviate Fever
- Non healing ulcers (Dushtavrana)- Habitual intake of Kapikachu helps in proper healing of ulcer.
Powder (Churna )– 3 g
Tablet - 2 tablets twice daily or as per the advice of the Ayurveda doctor
Note: Ayurveda medications must be taken only after consulting an Ayurveda doctor.
- Vanari vatika
- Gokshuradi modaka
An annual twiner with slender hairy branches. Leaves have silvery hairs. Inflorescence is flowered raceme. Fruits are pod.
English – Cowhage
Malayalam – Nayikkuruna
Sanskrit – Kapikachu
Rasapanchaka of Kapikachu
Rasa- Tikta (bitter) Madhura(Sweet)
Guna- Guru (heavy)
Virya- ushna ( hot )
कपिकच्चूभृशं वृष्या मधुरा बृंहणी गुरुः ।
तिक्ता वातहरी बल्या कफपित्तास्रनाशिनी ।।
(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu – Guducyadi varga-shloka 130)
Kapikachu is Tridosha hara because of it’s properties like sweet taste and hot potency. The herb is used to alleviate diseases like Fever, Emaciation etc. Ayurvedatarian lead by Dr. Varun Ram Raj, is currently conducting various researches based on ancient Ayurvedic textbooks, involving Kapikachu for preparing various combinations of medicines to alleviate conditions involving vitiation of Kapha, Vata and Pitta and also as an Aphrodisiac. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.
Frequently asked Questions
- What are the uses of Kapikachu curna?
Kapikachu curna is used in alleviating Emaciation and also as an aphrodisiac
- Which family Kapikachu belongs to?