Mucuna pruriens

Mucuna pruriens, also known as velvet bean, has several scientifically proven health benefits, especially for several chronic diseases.

  • Recommended for Parkinson's disease.
  • Libido stimulation.
  • Combats depression, stress and insomnia.
  • Increases testosterone, acts as an aphrodisiac for erectile dysfunction, fertility and libido
  • Promotes muscle mass gain.
  • Soothes muscle stiffness and uncontrolled tremors.
  • Traditionally used for anemia, dysentery, menstrual disorders and amenorrhea
  • Antiparkinsonian effects thanks to its dopaminergic action.
  • Improves cognitive functions and protects against oxidative stress.
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Mucuna pruriens is also known as velvet bean (Mucuna pruriens or Dolichos pruriens) is an annual plant found in tropical regions of India and Africa. The mucuna is found in two colors: black and white.

Other names for Mucuna:

  • Haricot pourpre
  • Pois de Mascate
  • Pois du Bengale
  • Poil à gratter (Cow'itch en anglais Juckbohne en allemand)
  • Cow'hage
  • Dolichos pruriens
  • Picapica
  • Kapikachu
  • Yerepe (Yoruba)
  • Atmagupta
  • Haricot sauvage

Benefits on nervous balance

  • Acts on mood disorders and age-related tremors thanks to its natural source of L-dopa, a precursor of dopamine.
  • Considered a Rasayana herb, promoting regeneration and rejuvenation for harmony between soul and spirit.
  • Balances the three doshas, especially the Vata dosha.

Specific benefits

  • Very useful against Parkinson's disease
  • Reduces mental and physical fatigue, mood disorders, sleep disorders and nervousness.
  • Reduces the effects of stress thanks to the presence of serotonin.
  • Improves joy of life and soothes joint and muscle stiffness.
  • Promotes the synthesis of dopamine to fight depression, stress and insomnia.
  • Increases testosterone and acts as an aphrodisiac in cases of erectile dysfunction, fertility and libido.
  • Promotes muscle mass gain as an inducer of growth hormone production.
  • Uncontrolled tremors or restless legs
  • Soothe joint and muscle stiffness
  • Traditional treatment in Ayurveda for various conditions such as anemia, dysentery, menstrual disorders, intestinal parasites and snake bites

Dosage and precautions

Here is a general approach to dosage:

1- Mucuna seeds

The seeds can be eaten directly or made into powder.
The typical dose for seeds is usually around 3 to 5 grams per day, but this can vary depending on the L-dopa concentration of the seeds.

2- Preparation of powdered seeds

If you want to use the seeds in powder form, you can grind them using a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle to the desired consistency.
Once the seeds are made into powder, you can adjust the dose according to your specific needs.

3- Gradual dosage

Always start with a lower dose and then gradually increase if necessary.
A starting dose could be around 1 gram per day to gauge your individual reaction to the herb.

4- Effect monitoring

Observe your personal reactions to the plant carefully.
Note any positive or negative effects, and adjust the dosage accordingly to find the optimal dosage for you.

Effects on Parkinson's disease

  • Known for its antiparkinsonian effects due to the L-dopa contained in the seeds.
  • Stimulates dopamine, improves motor coordination and reduces symptoms such as muscle rigidity and tremors.


- Velvet pea contains levodopa or L-dopa, a substance which increases dopamine levels, alkaloids, phenolic compounds, tannins. It is an important source of magnesium and phosphorus, contains a lot of potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc and copper.

- The seeds of Mucuna pruriens, when reduced to powder, are renowned for their antiparkinsonian benefits in herbal medicine. By acting as a precursor to dopamine, they help to alleviate tremors and uncontrolled movements associated with dopamine deficiency, which explains their positive effect in people with Parkinson's disease and elderly individuals suffering from neurological deficits.

- The dopaminergic action of Mucuna also proves beneficial in cases of stress, insomnia and certain types of depression, attributed to a lack of dopamine, a neurotransmitter crucial for maintaining nervous balance.

Other properties

Increases blood circulation in the brain, improving cognitive and motor functions in people with Parkinson's disease.

Contains powerful antioxidants, providing protection against oxidative stress linked to this neurological disease.

In summary, Mucuna pruriens, long used in Ayurvedic medicine, has a wide range of benefits, including nervous balance, mood regulation, sexual function, Parkinson's disease and cognitive health.

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