Velvet bean

The Scientific name of Velvet bean: Mucuna pruriens

Name of Velvet Bean in different languages:-

English: Devil beans, Cow itch, Indian Vayagra bean

Sanskrit: Athmaguptha, Kapikachu


Malayalam: Naikkurana നായ്ക്കുരണ

Plant description

Velvet bean – Mucuna pruriens is an annual, climbing vine that grows over 15 m., when the plant is young it is fully covered with stinging, fuzzy hairs, touching may cause heavy itching, leaves are tri-pinnately arranged, ovate or widely ovate, grooved, and the tips are tapered. The flower is purple, in clusters, fruits are like pods, 10 cm long, 1 to 2 cm wide, carry up to seven seeds, seeds are shiny black or brown in color, flattened, ellipsoids, 1 to 1.9 cm long and 0.8 to 1.3 cm wide.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Cordate Margin-Entire Venation-palmate

Useful plant parts:

Root, Seed

Medicinal uses:

It is a is a miraculous herbal medicine, that will vitalize testosterone glands that produce male sex hormones and increase semen quality and quantity, thereby curing infertility and making sexual life durable and enjoyable. It is also used in the treatments of Parkinson’s disease,  nervous disorders, neuro-muscular disorders, Blood pressure, and Diabetes. It is used as a medicine for neurological disorders and also used as a general tonic and energizer.

The root of the plant is  applied to treat elephantiasis

Chemical contents:

Glucocide, Galicacid, lesidhin, glutathione, dyhyroxiphinyl, protein, mucunain, levodopa(Amino acid) and serotonin

How to prepare medicines:

The root of the plant is used in the prevention of premature ejaculation in males ( a piece of the plant root is kept in the mouth while the time of coitus to long the time makes the sex enjoyable).

Dried bean powder consumed with milk daily can purify the blood.

Velvet bean is one of the ingredients in Ayurveda medicines like-


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