Mucuna Pruriens, also called Velvet Bean, cowitch, cowhage, itchy bean amongst other titles, is a rising tropical bean. This striking-looking plant, with its slightly pointed green leaves and beautiful clusters of dark purple blossoms, is notable because of its numerous health benefits concerning memory, mood, and libido to name but a few, and it is quickly getting more mainstream across 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 some regions as a coffee substitute resulting in some other nickname”Nescafe” (though it bears no relation to the commercial brand). The fresh beans may create a tasty meal but one must soak the beans for at least 1 to 48 hours prior to cooking, due to toxins; this process eliminates chemicals including L-Dopa and tiny amounts of tryptamines, ensuring the beans are safe for ingestion.
For centuries, Mucuna Pruriens has been used for the aphrodisiac properties. Even now, it’s still utilized to improve libido in both sexes because of its concentration of dopamine raising chemical properties. Dopamine is an important chemical messenger that amongst other things has a profound influence on sexual performance and is thought to boost sperm output in men.
Apart from the aphrodisiac effects, Mucuna Pruriens and the dopamine effects it induces has been utilized in the medication of the Ayurvedic Indians from the treatment of Parkinson’s disease mucuna pruriens. In reality, the manner in which this superb bean increases the body’s dopamine levels is by the absorption of L-Dopa that’s naturally present in the plant and it’s this chemical that has also found uses in orthodox medical science as an important Parkinson’s disease therapy.
Velvet bean flourishes in a range of environments, prefers plenty of suns, favors humid places but it handles dryness or deficiency of water. It is well worth planting it with different plants because Mucuna Pruriens adds nitrogen to the soil.
Skin contact with the velvet bean pods must be prevented because naturally, the pods develop a fine covering of orange hairs which could give rise to inflammation and blisters. Luckily, a number of cultivated types seem to not have the hairs.