L-dopa or levodopa is present in the seed as well as in the stem, leaves and roots. Levodopa is used as a drug precursor, to increase dopamine levels for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, since it is able to cross the blood-brain barrier whereas dopamine itself cannot. Other alkaloids found in the seed are mucuadine, mucuadinine, mucuadininine and prurienidine. L-dopa was first isolated from the seeds of Kapikachhu or mucuna pruriens in 1937, and when the value of L-dopa for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease became known, scientific interest in plants rich in L-dopa was revived’ (Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry 2004; 75:1672-1677).
The major constituents of the hairs on the pod are amines such as 5-hydroxytryptamine (serotonin) and a proteolytic enzyme called mucuanain. Serotonin is present only in the pods and is used in itching powder.
Libido enhancer: The herb is a proven aphrodisiac, the effects of which are seen in the significant improvement in sexual behavior, libido, potency, sperm parameters, daily sperm production and testosterone levels.
Anti-Parkinson activity: Kapikachhu is considered an effective nervine tonic in traditional Indian healthcare. The seeds have L-dopa, which is a neurotransmitter precursor and an effective drug for treating in Parkinson's Disease. There is no increase in dyskinesias (a movement disorder seen in Parkinson’s Disease) with the administration of Kapikachhu, a phenomenon which is commonly encountered with increased doses of L-Dopa treatment. These findings suggest that Kapikachhu or mucuna pruriens formulations may actually have a higher bioavailability than standard L-dopa preparations. If these findings can be confirmed in larger and longer term studies, Kapikachhu would seem to be a reasonable commercially viable alternative to standard L-dopa therapy (Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry2004; 75:1672-1677).
Male sexual dysfunction: The herb is recommended for oligospermia or low sperm count. It increases sperm count and motility. Kapikachhu improves the semen profile by inhibiting lipid peroxidation, elevating spermatogenesis and improving the biochemical parameters in seminal plasma by restoring the levels of lipids, vitamins A, C and E and fructose.
- Oligospermia (low sperm count)
- As an aphrodisiac
- As an adjuvant in Parkinson’s disease
One capsule, twice a day or as directed by your physician
Each capsule contains 250mg extract of Kapikachhu
Note: Since Himalaya’s Pure Herbs are in capsule form, some children below 14 years may find it difficult to swallow them. For this reason, Pure Herbs are recommended for children ages 14 and above.
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