Kapikacchu: Velvet beans with aphrodisiac properties
Kapikacchu botanically known as Mucuna pruriens belongs to the Fabaceae family and is very famous for its Vajikarana (aphrodisiac) properties. Kapikacchu is widely known as Velvet beans. In the eastern part of China and India, Kapikacchu is grown as a vegetable crop. In Ayurvedic classical texts, Kapikacchu is very famous for Kamp Vata (Parkinsonism disease) and Vajikarna (Aphrodisiac purpose). Recent studies revealed that Kapikacchu consists of various active ingredients like L-dopa, mucunine, mucunadine, prureinine, tryptamine, trichomes-proteinase mucunain, 5- hydroxy tryptamine, etc. Kapikacchu is the richest source of L- Dopa, which is a drug of choice to treat Parkinsonism’s disease. Along with this Kapikacchu is the richest source of dietary fibers as compared to various other Shami Dhanya (pulses). Along with this due to above mentioned chemical constituents, Kapikacchu exhibits various pharmacological properties like antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-parkinsonism, hypoglycemic, hypotensive activity, etc. Kapikacchu increases the testosterone levels in the body and also increases sperm counts, that’s why it is known as an athlete’s friend. It enhances the body performance of athletes and also increases the muscle mass in the body.
Basonym of Kapikacchu
कपीनां कच्छू हेतुत्वात् ।
Hairs on the fruit cause itching to the monkey.
Synonyms of Kapikacchu
- According to habitat
वनशूकरी- वने जाता शूकरवद् रोमशा च ।
The creeper grows in the forest and the fruit has hairs like that of a monkey.
प्रावृषायणी -प्रावृषी जातत्वात् ।
Grows mainly in the rainy season.
- According to morphology
कपिरोमफला- कपिरोमावद् रोमाणि फलेष्वस्या: ।
Fruits are having firm hairs on their surface.
शूकशिम्बी – शूकयुक्ता शिम्बी अस्या: ।
Fruits have stiff hairs.
लांगली – मर्कट लांगलाकृति: रोमशा च शिम्बी ।
Fruits resemble the shape like that of the tail of a monkey and also have compact hairs.
मर्कटी – मर्कटवद् रोमशा ।
Fruit is studded with stiff hairs like that of the monkey.
आत्मगुप्ता- आत्मना स्वत राव रक्षिता रोमभि: ।
Fruits have dense hairs which induce intense itching and give protection to the plant.
दुरभिग्रहा- रोमशत्वात् ग्रहीतुं दुःशका ।
Very difficult to pluck the fruit as it is covered by stiff hairs which cause itching.
अध्यण्डा- अण्डवत् प्रकृष्ट बीजा ।
Seeds of Kapikacchu resemble testicles.
- According to properties and actions
वृष्यबीजा- वृष्याणि बीजन्य यस्।
Seeds of Kapikacchu are potent aphrodisiacs.
अजडा- जाड्य क्लैव्य॑ निवारयतीति ।
Kapikacchu seeds are strong aphrodisiacs and also stimulate the mind.
कण्डुरा- कण्डूं राति ददाति ।
When matured fruits with dried hairs come in contact with the skin causing intense itching.
Regional names of Kapikacchu
- Cowhage, Cowitch (English)
- Kiwach, Kebanch, Kaunch (Hindi)
- Nasugunni, Namukunni (Kannada)
- Nayikuruma, Nikorna (Malayalam)
- Kuhili, Khujkuhili (Marathi)
- Alkushi (Punjabi)
- Kauncha, Kavach (Gujarati)
- Punaik Kali (Tamil)
- Piliyadugu (Telegu)
- Baikhujni (Oriya)
- Badjan Barri (Arabic)
- Bardgan Barri (Persian)
Scientific classification of Kapikacchu
Mucuna pruriens Bak.
Mucuna is the name in the Brazillian language.
Pruriens is derived from prurita words which means producing itching.
Family – Fabaceae/ Papilionaceae (Aprajita Kula)
Ayurveda reference for Kapikacchu (Mucuna pruriens Bak.)
Classification of Kapikacchu as per Charaka and Sushruta
- Charaka: Balya Mahakshaya, Purisha Viranjniya Mahakshaya.
- Sushruta: Vidarigandhadi Gana
Kapikacchu's description in Brihtrayi as Svayamagupta
|C. S. Chi. 1. 1/ 56||S. S. Chi. 26/ 33, 34||A. H. Chi. 3/ 38, 95, 103, 127, 133|
|C. S. Chi. 2. 3/ 15||S. S. Chi. 37/ 24||A. H. Ka. 4/ 60|
|C. S. Chi. 9/ 49||S. S. U. 17/ 7||A. H. U. 18/ 56|
|C. S. Chi. 11/ 44||S. S. U. 49/ 29||A. H. U. 40/ 17, 22, 31|
|C. S. Chi. 18/ 39||S. S. U. 58/ 53|
|C. S. Chi. 26/ 86|
|C. S. Si. 4/ 9|
Kapikacchu's description in Brihtrayi as Kakandola
It is an edible and cultivated variety of Atmagupta. A comparative study of Kakandola, Kakandaki, and Kakandaphala lead one to believe that all these refer to one plant. The repeated mention of Kakanda as an antidote to poison and the similarity in the name with Kakandola may also suggest that it is something allied to Atmagupta or Kakandola. Canavalia ensiformis (Linn.) DC. and C. virosa (Roxb.) W. & A., having somewhat poisonous properties may also be considered as a possible source or a substitute for Kakanda. Lastly, the view that by Kakanda the egg of Kaka (crow) may also have been intended.
Charaka Samhita: C. S. Su. 27/ 33
Vagbhata: A. H. Su. 6/ 22
Kapikacchu's description in Brihtrayi as Kakandaki
A comparative study of Kakandola, Kakandaki, and Kakandaphala lead one to believe that all these refer to one plant.
Vagbhata: A. H. U. 24/ 35
Kapikacchu's description in Brihtrayi as Kakanda, Kakandaka, Kakandphala
A comparative study of Kakandola, Kakandaki, and Kakandaphala lead one to believe that all these refer to one plant. Kakanda Phala of Susruta has been described by Dalhaga as a legume called Sukara Simbi resembling Atma- Gupta and similar in properties to Masha. Charaka has described the same under the name of Kakandola. The Kakanda of Charaka is a drug used entirely as an antidote to poisoning and is probably itself poisonous. It has been identified variously with Kakatinduka and Mahanimba etc. Kakatinduka is Diospyros montana Roxb. known as Visatendu or Nux vomica also known as Kakapilu, Vayasapilu, Kupilu.
Charaka Samhita: C. S. Chi. 3/ 266, C. S. Chi. 23/ 49, 51, 52, 216
Sushruta Samhita: S. S. Su. 46/ 36
Vagbhata: A. H. Chi. 5/ 20
Kapikacchu's description in Brihtrayi as Languli
Sushruta Samhita: S. S. Su. 19/ 29
Kapikacchu's description in Brihtrayi as Makati
- Charaka Samhita: C. S. Chi. 9/ 52
- Sushruta Samhita: S. S. U. 29/ 7, S. S. U. 33/ 7
- Vagbhata: A. H. U. 6/ 34
Historical background of Kapikacchu
It is quoted with the name Adhyanda by Charaka (C. S. Ci. 3/ 266) while Sushruta mentioned the synonyms Kusimbivalli (S. S. Su. 46/ 46) and Languli (S. S. Su. 19/ 29). Similarly, Vagbhata introduced another name Kandukari (A. H. Su. 15/ 9). Even the name Kapikacchu is not used widely during the Samhita period. Susruta did not use this synonym at all. Brhattrayi has described this plant mainly with the names like Atmagupta and Svayamgupta. All three texts have mentioned the synonym Markati once each (C. S. Ci. 9/ 52, S. S. Ut. 29/ 7 & (also 33/ 7), A. H. U. 6/ 34).
Though we come across the mention of an herb by the name ‘Kacchura’ under the Purisha Virajaniya group of Charaka (C. S. Su. 4). Its identity with Kapikacchu is doubtful. Thakurji considers it may be even Duralabha. It is mainly known for its Balya, Vrishya, and Vatahara properties, and the seed powder is now used widely in the management of Parkinsonism.
Controversial Studies of Kapikacchu
Bapalalji reported that by mistake the term Langali or Languli is identified with M. Pruriens. Langali without any controversy identified as Gloriosa superba and there is no second opinion over this issue. Languli (S. S. Su. 19/ 29) may be the synonym of Kapikacchu according to Thakur Balvanth Singh. However, the name Langula (C. S. Su. 277) indicates a variety of rice (Shali Dhanya).
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External morphology of Kapikacchu (Mucuna pruriens)
- Habit- An annual twiner
- Branches- Slender, Mare or less hairy at first, at length glabrescent.
- Leaves- Leaves of Kapikacchu are trifoliate, compound, the petiole is 6-11 cm long, and stipules are lanceolate, 5 mm long. Leaflets are membranous, 7.5 to 12.5 cm long, and 5 to 7.5 car wide, terminal leaflet is slightly smaller, all leaflets are subacute, mucronate, pubescent above, densely clothed with silvery gray hairs beneath.
- Inflorescence- 6-30 flowered raceme, 15-30 cm long.
- Flowers- Solitary or 2-3 together along a slender silky rachis. Pedicels are 3 to 6 mm long hairy, bracts 1.2 cm long and lanceolate, calyx 1 cm long, silky and with a few irritant bristles outside, tube is campanulate. Petals are 2.5 to 4 cm long and purple-colored. The keel is slightly incurved Papilionaceous petals.
- Fruit- Pod, 5 to 7.5 cm long and 1 cm wide turgid, with a longitudinal rib running the length of each valve, fascinately curved on both ends, somewhat like the letter ‘S’, densely clothed with persistent irritant bristles which are first pale brown, afterward steel gray. Have 5-6 seeds.
- Seeds- Small brownish black, hilum is not half the length of the circumference of the seed.
Flowering and fruiting time
Colder months to hot months January-April. Climber grows during the rainy season and flowers in September- November, and fruiting afterward, in January-April.
Distribution of Kapikacchu
The plant is occurring throughout tropical regions in India. It is found throughout the country from the Himalayas to Ceylon and Burma plain regions in the wild state. The plant is also cultivated.
Varieties of Kapikacchu
Though there are no varieties mentioned in the classical literature Zandu pharmaceuticals have developed several varieties (chemotypes) for their research on Kapikacchu in parkinsonism. Another species M. monosperma D.C. is. also widely used.
The useful part of Kapikacchu
Seeds, roots, pod- hairs.
Seeds are kidney-shaped, up to 1.5 cm long, and 0.5 to 1 cm broad. The seed coat is hard, glossy with brown color, and mottled with black. The hilum is conspicuous with funicular growth. The embryo consists of two hard dusky brown cotyledons. It has not got any odor. Seeds are matured, blackish white or black (mottled with black) abruptly hooked at the tip and smooth which are obtained from ripe or matured pods. The collection of pods for procurement of seeds is a tedious job that requires careful precaution consequent to the intense irritating nature of pods. The certain traditional method of plucking the pods from hanging (rather in the drying stage) on trees and shrubs and further eliminating seeds from pod-covers is followed by the plant drug collectors (handling them with trained skill and practice) to avoid contact of skin with the pod. Pods are covered with dense-pale brown bristles, clothed with very pungently irritating sub-persistent pale-brown or gray bristles hairs.
Hairy bristles 1 mm. or (up to) 2.5 mm. long, pointy, sharply, 60-100 mm. diameter.
Important phytoconstituent of Kapikacchu
Seeds contain a humidity of 9.1 %, protein of 25.03 %, and minerals of 6.95 %. The seed also contains 0.16, phosphorus 0.47, iron 0.02 percent, Sulphur, and manganese. Seeds yield Dopa (1.5%), glutathione, lecithin, gallic acid, a glucoside, several alkaloids (total 0.53%), nicotine, prurience, prurianidine, and other substances. Seeds Kernel yields a viscid white oil.
Serotonin is present in the trichomes of pods.
Recent research on Mucuna pruriens
- A comparative study on the production of 3, 4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) was carried out in cell cultures of two Mucuna species by elicitor treatment and precursor feeding. The efficacy of L-DOPA production was found to be higher for suspension cultures of M. Pruriens compared to M. pruriens in all treatments. Raghavendra S, Kumar V, Ramesh CK, Khan MH. Enhanced production of L-DOPA in cell cultures of Mucuna pruriens L. and Mucuna pruriens H. Nat Prod Res. 2012; 26 (9): 792- 801. doi: 10. 1080/ 14786419. 2011. 553721. Epub 2011 Oct 14.
- To explore the antidiabetic properties of Mucuna pruriens (M. purines). The study supports the traditional use of M. pruriens for the treatment of an anti-diabetic drug. Majekodunmi SO, Oyagbemi A A, Umukoro S, Odeku OA. Evaluation of the antidiabetic properties of Mucuna pruriens seed extract. Asian Pac J. Trop Med. 2011 Aug; 4 (8): 632- 6. doi: 10. 1016/ S 1995- 7645 (11) 601611- 2.
- Verma, Dr. Subash. (2014). A review on phytochemistry and pharmacological activity of parts of Mucuna pruriens used as Ayurvedic medicine. World Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 3. 138-158. Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC. belongs to the family Fabaceae and is commonly known as Velvet bean, Cowitch, Cowhage in English and Kawaanch, Kavach in Hindi. It is mainly distributed in Asia, Africa, Pacific Islands, and the United States. M. pruriens has been of keen interest in phytochemical and Ayurvedic research due to its excellent medicinal value. Traditionally it is used in treating diseases such as arthritis, anxiety, cancer, cough, diarrhea, dysentery, diabetes, dysmenorrhea, delirium, gonorrhea, gout, impotency, and sexual debility, muscular pain, parasitic infections, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatic disorders as an analgesic and antipyretic, to induce vomiting, to treat snakebite and scorpion stings, sterility, tuberculosis, etc. The plant exhibits a wide array of phytoconstituents like alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, and phenolic compounds which are responsible for varied potent physiological and pharmacological activities.
- Ahmed, Salman & Qureshi, Burhan & Hasan, Mohtasheem & Ahmed, Syed & Azhar, Iqbal. (2011). Toxicity assessment of Mucuna pruriens Linn seeds. International Research Journal of Pharmacy. 2. 133- 135. Plants have been used as medicine for the treatment of diseases for thousands of years. These herbal remedies, although natural, can cause some serious damaging effects on the vital organs of the body due to inadequacy in standardization and safety regulations. Mucuna pruriens Linn. belongs to the family Fabaceae and is used traditionally in various ailments. The present study reports the acute systemic toxicity and topical toxicity of methanolic extract of Mucuna pruriens (seeds) on albino mice and rabbits respectively. The test solution was injected intravenously into the tail as 1 ml/ 20 gm of the mice’s body weight. The observation was made immediately and after 1/2, 1, 4, 24, 48, and 72 hours of drug administration. Mice showed normal activity till 72 hours. The intracutaneous test is designed to evaluate local responses to the extracts of materials under test following intracutaneous injection into rabbits. The toxicological investigations of Mucuna pruriens with particular reference to intracutaneous toxicity in experimental animals displayed that it showed slight edema.
- To assess the anti cataleptic and antiepileptic activity of leaves of Mucuna pruriens in albino rats. M. Pruriens extract has the potential to be an anticataleptic and antiepileptic drug. Dopamine and 5-HT may have a role in such activity. Champatisingh D, Sahu PK, Pal A, Nanda GS. Anti Cataleptic and antiepileptic activity of ethanolic extract of leaves of Mucuna pruriens A study on the role of the dopaminergic system in epilepsy in albino rats. Indian J. Pharmacology 2011 Apr; 43 (2): 197- 9. doi: 10. 4103/ 02537613. 77368.
- The objective of the present study was to analyze the efficacy of M. pruriens on male sexual behavior and sperm parameters in long-term hyperglycemic male rats. The present work reveals the potential efficacy of ethanolic seed extract of M. pruriens to improve male sexual behavior with androgenic and anti-diabetic effects on the STZ- induced diabetic male rats. Suresh S, Prakash S. Effect of Mucuna pruriens (L inn). on sexual behavior and sperm parameters in the streptozotocin-induced diabetic male rat. J. Sex Med. 2012 Dec; 9 (12): 3066- 78. doi: 10. 1111/. 1743- 6109. 2010. 01831x. Epub 2010 Apr 26.
- The present investigation was undertaken to assess the role of Mucuna pruriens in infertile men who were under psychological stress. Based on the results of the present study, it may be concluded that M. pruriens not only reactivates the antioxidant defense system of infertile men but also helps in the management of stress and improves semen quality. Shukla KK, Mahdi, AA, Ahmad MK, Jaiswar SP, Shankwar SN, Tiwari SC. Mucuna pruriens reduces stress and improves the quality of Semen in infertile Men. Evid Based Complement Alternative Med. 2010 Mar; 7 (1): 134- 44. doi: 10. 1093/exam/ nem 171. Epub 2007 Dec 18.
- Total alkaloids of seeds showed weak neuro-muscular blocking effects on frog rectus abdominis (Bhattacharya & Sanyal, 1969).
- Indolic bases derived from M. pruriens showed antispasmodic action on smooth muscle preparations against spasms induced by acetylcholine, histamine, serotonin, and oxytocin.
- Neuromuscular blocking activity of the d-tubocurarine type was observed by 5- methoxy-N, N-dimethyltryptamine, and an unidentified 5-oxy-indole-3-alkylamine, whereas the unidentified – carboline only potentiated the acetylcholine response on frog rectus abdominis (Ghosal et al., 1970, 1971).
- Bufotenine showed both in vitro and in vivo anticholinesterase activity similar to but 20-30 times weaker than that of physostigmine (Bhattacharya & Sanyal, 1971).
- The total indole alkylamines produced marked behavioral changes including excitation, tremors, piloerection, etc. (Bhattacharya et al., 1971a).
- The powdered seed extract showed hypotensive activity in dogs and spasmodic action in guinea pig preparation (Ramaswamy et al., 1979).
- The seed extract showed a potent antiparkinsonian effect which was not, however, entirely due to L-dopa. The L-dopa-free fraction of the seed showed significant antiparkinsonian activity at a dose of 200 mg/ kg i. p. (Nath et al., 1981).
- M. pruriens seed diet produced a hypoglycemic effect in normal rats (Pant et al., 1968).
- The seed diet showed a hypocholesterolemia effect in rats (Pant et al., 1968).
- The protein isolated from the seeds in the diet led to a reduction in the cholesterol content of the liver and blood in rats (Singh et al., 1968).
- In 15 psychiatric patients, M. pruriens (15g of crude seed powder) was found to significantly inhibit the prolactin response to chlorpromazine injection, as effectively as 0.5g of L-dopa (Vaidya et al., 1978a).
Rasa Panchaka of Kapikacchu
|Rasa (Taste)||Madhura (sweet), Tikta (bitter)|
|Guna (Virtue)||Guru (heavy), Snigdha (oily)|
|Virya (potency)||Ushana (hot potency)|
|Vipaka (post-digestion)||Madhura (sweet)|
Dosha Karma of Kapikacchu
Vata Shamaka because of Ushana Virya, Madhura Rasa, and Madhura Vipaka. Pitta Hara due to Madhura Rasa and Madhura Vipaka. Kapha Hara because of Ushana Virya.
Karma (Actions) of Kapikacchu
Vrishya, Brihana, Vrna Nashaka, Balya, Nadi Balya, Yoni Sankochaka, Vrana Vishodhana, Garbha Dharaka, Krimighana, Mutrala, etc.
Dadhi Pushpi Kapikacchu Vishesha is famous for its Ranjana Karma.
Prayogarha Vyadhi (Therapeutic indication) of Kapikacchu
Dourbalya, Dusta Vrna, Klaibya, Krishta, Shukra Kshaya, Kama Shaitya, Vrikka Roga, Atisara, Rakta Pitta, Dusta Vrana.
Aamyik Paryog (Therapeutic uses) of Kapikacchu
Vajikarana (As aphrodisiac): Wheat flour is mixed with (the powder of) Kapikacchu seeds and cooked with milk. Then it is mixed with ghee and eaten followed by an intake of milk. (Sushruta Samhita Chikitsa Sthana. 26/ 30)
One who takes Kapikacchu and Iksuraka mixed with sugar along with milk- warm milk does not suffer from deficiency of semen. (Sushruta Samhita Chikitsa Sthana. 26/ 33)
Vanari Vatika (Bhava Parkasha Chikitsa. 72/ 71- 75)
Krimi Roga (Worms): The hairs on the fruit of Kapikachhu are put within the pulp of jaggery and swallowed twice or thrice after anointing the lips and mouth with ghee. It is useful in worms, gastroenteritis, and hematemesis. (Siddha Bhaishjya Mannimala. 4/ 280)
Vata Vyadhi (Vataja disorder): By taking decoction of (the seeds of) kapikacchu for a month one regains strength in arms. (Chakra Dutta. 22/ 27)
Benefits of Kapikacchu
- The decoction of seeds of kapikacchu (seeds of Mucuna pruriens Hook.) is prescribed to use orally for a month for regaining strength in arms (Vatavyadhi, Cakradatta, 22- 27), Masabaladi kvatha is also indicated in these group of disorder. Being an excellent aphrodisiac drug, kapikacchu is frequently used in different forms as a single drug as well as a major ingredient of compounds.
- Vanari Vatika is an important classical formulation esteemed as an aphrodisiac (Vajikarana rativardhana yoga mentioned in Bhavaprakasa, Cikitsa. 72/ 71- 75 with the method of preparation and administration).
- The powder of kapikacchu and Iksuraka (Astercantha longifolia Nees.) mixed with sugar, is taken along with milch-warm milk (dharosna dugdha) by a person suffering from deficiency of semen (sukravardhana yoga) as prescribed in the medical text (Susruta Samhita, Chikitsa, 26- 30).
- The wheat flour (godhuma curna) is mixed with powder of Kapikacchu seeds and cooked with milk which is also mixed with ghee (practically fried). This preparation is eaten followed by intake of milk, for good effects as aphrodisiac medicine.
- The hairs or irritating bristles on the pod or fruit (simbi roma) are put within the pulps and mouth with ghee. This recipe is useful in worms, gastroenteritis, and hematemesis (Siddha Bhaisajya Manimala, 4-280).
- Precaution is desirable while collecting and using pods hairs which are good anthelmintic (Krmighna). The root of the plant drug is useful as Yoni Sankocaka (vaginal contractive medicine).
- Yoni Sankirna yoga as a single drug application is given (by Bhavaprakasa) which recommends external use of a decoction of the root of the drug.
- For treatment of Vatavyadhi, Masabaladi kwatha containing Kapikacchu is prescribed.
- The paste of kapikacchu root is taken in diarrhea (pakvatisara).
- Dietary articles processed with the root of Kapikacchu are also suggested to the patient of diarrhea.
- Seeds of the drug are useful in Raktapitta. Atmagupta bija tailam is mentioned with medicinal utility in the text of materia medica.
- In the case of Unmada (insanity), Vanari or kapikacchu is suggested to be used externally as a rubbing measure (gharsanam).
- Svayamguptadi churnam (Cakradatta, 33/ 17-18) is prescribed for dysuria.
- The root of kapikacchu is recommended for use to conceive a male child (Bhavaprakasa, 70- 31).
- Traditional use of the root of kapikacchu as an effective aphrodisiac is practiced in tribal medicine. A piece of root is kept in the mouth during coitus by the male partner enjoying delayed ejaculation.
Benefits of Kapikacchu on different systems of bodies
- Nervous system: The roots and seeds are tonics for the neurons. The Mula (root) is useful in Ardita (facial palsy). The seed – powder is useful for Parkinson’s disease.
- Digestive system: The trichomes on the legumes are anthelmintic for roundworms. Trichomes 0.25 – 0.5 gm. are given mixed with butter, jaggery, or honey. The next day a laxative is given. The roundworms are killed and expelled.
- Reproductive system: The seeds are very useful in oligospermia and impotence. A pessary soaked in the root extract relieves vaginal laxity. The roots are also used to expedite labor. The oil from seeds is useful in leucorrhea.
- Urinary System: The root has diuretic properties. It is used in oliguria and renal dysfunction.
- Satmikaran: It promotes muscle mass and body weight, Shukra Vardhak- improves the quality of semen. Hence it is very useful in Napunsakta (impotency) and Alpa Shukra (oligospermia). The seeds have a high nutritional properties.
Matra (Therapeutic administration and dosage) of Kapikacchu
- Churna (powder)- 3- 6 grams
Classical reference of Kapikacchu
Bhava Prakasha Nighantu Guduchyadi Varga- 129- 130
कपिकच्छरात्मगुप्ता वृष्या प्रोक्ता च मर्कटी ।
अजडा कण्डुरा व्यंगा दुःस्पर्शा प्रावृष्यायणी ।।
लांगली शूकशिम्बी च सैव प्रोक्ता महर्षिभि: ।
Bhava Prakasha Nighantu Guduchyadi Varga- 130- 131
Properties and actions
कपिकच्चू भृंश वृष्या मधुरा बृंहणी गुरु: ।
तिक्ता वातहरी बल्या कफपित्तास्रनाशिनी ।।
त्तद्वीज॑ वातशमनं स्मृत॑ वाजीकरं परम् ।
Dhanwantri Nighantu Guduchyadi Varga- 248
Properties and actions
कपिकच्छू: रसे स्वादुस्तिक्ता शीता अनिलापहा ।
Dhanwantri Nighantu Guduchyadi Varga- 150
कफपित्तहरा गुर्वी रजनी वातनाशिनी ।
Kaiydeva Nighantu Aushadi Varga, 608- 609
कफिकच्छू: स्वादुतिक्ता वातपित्तकफास्रजित।
शीतल बृंहणं वृष्य॑ माषतुल्य॑ तयो: फलम ।।
कफिकच्छूफलं वृष्य॑ शीतं स्वादुरसं गुरु ।
रक्तपित्तानिलहरं दुष्ट व्रण विशोधनम् ।।
Shodhala Nighantu Guduchyadi Varga, 53
कपिकच्छू: स्वादुरसा वृष्या वातक्षयापहा ।
शीतपित्तास्रहन्त्री च विकृता व्रण नाशिनी ।।
Priya Nighantu, Pipplyadi Varga, 49- 50
कपिकच्छू भृंश वृष्या मधुरा बृहणी गुरु: ।
तिक्ता वातहरी बल्या तद्बीजं हिप्रयुज्यते ।।
चूर्णरूपेण बहुधा पाकरूपेण चाथवा ।।
मर्कटकच्छुबीजं भुक्त॑ कच्छूं करोति कामस्य ।
या न प्रशाम्यति यावद् भुड्कते न शत हि नारीणाम।।
योनि: संकीर्णता करणे
कपि कच्छू भवं मूलं क्वाथ्ये द्विविधना भिषक।
योनि: संकीर्णता याति क्वाथं अनेन धारयेत।
Chakra Dutta, 22- 24
तथा आत्मगुप्तास्वरसं पिबेद्वा।।
Chakra Dutta, Vata Vyadhi chikitsa, 22- 27
मासाद भवेद वज्र समान बाहु: ।
Sushruta Samhita Chikitsa Sthana, 26- 30
क्षीर॑ पक्कास्तु गोधूमानात्मगुप्ताफलै: सह।
शीतान् कृतयुगान् खादेत्तत: पश्चात्पिबेत्यय:।।
Bhava Parkasha, Yoni Roga Adhika, 70- 31
पुत्रजन्मार्थम् (गर्भधारणार्थम् )
शूकरशिम्बी मूलं मध्यं वा दधिफलस्य सपयस्कम।
पीत्वा अथ्थो भव लिंगी बीज॑ कन्यां न सूते स्त्री।।
Sushruta Samhita Uttara Tantra, 40- 74
कच्छुरा मूल कलकं ह्यादुम्बरफलोपमम् ।
……..पक्कातिसार॑योगो अयं जयेत्पीत: सशोणितम्।।
Sushruta Samhita Uttara Tantra, 40- 110
भोजने च हित॑ कच्छूरामूलसाधितम्।
Ashtanga Hridya Chikitsa Sthana. 2
शूकशिम्बिभवं धान्य॑ रक्ते शाक॑ च शस्यते।
Charaka Samhita Sutra Sthana, 27- 32
काकाण्डोला आत्म गुप्तानां माष वत फलं आदिशेत।
आत्म गुप्त बीज तैलं
गुरु उष्ण स्निग्ध मधुरं कषायमात्म गुप्तजम्।
Bhava Parkasha Unmada Adhikara, 22- 39
कपिकच्छ्वा अथ वा तपते लोह तैल जलै: स्पृशेत् ।
Bhava Parkasha Vajikarana Adhikara, 72/ 71- 75
रतिवर्द्धनार्थ वानरी वाटिका
न बीजानि तु कपिकच्छवा: कुडवमितानि च स्वेदयेच्छनकै: ।
प्रस्थे गोभवदुग्धे तावद् यावद भवेद गाढम्।।
त्व ग्रहितानि च कृत्वा सूक्ष्मसम्पेषयेत्तानि।
पिष्टिकया लघुवाटिका: कृत्वा गव्ये पचेदाज्ये।।
द्विगुणितशर्करया ता वटिका: सम्पक्का लेप्या: ।
वटिका माक्षिकमध्ये मज्जनयोग्ये अखिला याप्या: ।।
Chakra Dutta, Mutraghata Chikitsa, 33/ 17- 18
Chakra Dutta Vrishya Adhikara, 66- 6, Sushruta Samhita, Chikitsa, 26- 33
वाजीकरणार्थ स्वयं गुप्तादि चूर्णम्
स्वय गुप्तेक्षुरकयोर्बीजचूर्ण (फलचूर्ण) सशर्करम्।
धारोष्णेन नर: पीत्वा पयसा न क्षय॑ ब्रजेत।।
Siddha Bhaishjya Manni Mala, 4/ 280
गर्भे गुडस्य पिहितानि तनुत्र शिम्ब्यो रोमाणि वक्त्रमभितो हविषा विलिप्य।
द्विखिर्गिलेतक्रिमिजरुक्षु विसूचिकायामुद्रिक्तरक्तचमथावपि शर्मकाम: ।।
Specific Formulation of Kapikacchu
- Vanari Gutika for Dhwaja Bhanga
- Gokshuradi Modaka for Vajikarnartha
- Brihat Shatavari Modaka for Dourbalya and Alpa Retas
- Arjakadi Vati for Vrishya, Virya Stambnartha
Contraindication and side effects of Kapikacchu
- The active ingredient of Kapikacchu is L- Dopa, which may lower blood pressure and result in dizziness, fainting, etc. Kapikacchu may result in an irregular heartbeat. So patients with cardiovascular diseases should take it under medical supervision in low amounts.
- People should take caution about the hairs of the pod of Kapikacchu, as it may result in itching, swelling, burning sensation, etc.
- Kapikacchu may result in great fluctuation in Blood sugar levels. So patients suffering from diabetes and even people with normal sugar should take it under medical supervision.
- High L- Dopa worsens liver diseases. So, people suffering from hepatic disorder should take Kapikacchu with caution.
- Pregnant women and lactating mothers avoid Kapikacchu.
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Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)