Mucuna pruriens (Nalla Dulagondi ginjalu) is the Latin name for a creeping vine that grows all over India—particularly in the tropics—and is also found in tropical regions of Africa and the Caribbean.Even across different languages, many names for Nalla Dulagondi ginjalus refer to a velvet coating of hairs that cover its seedpods and that, if touched, can cause severe itching and irritation of the skin. Nalla Dulagondi ginjalu is well known by two Sanskrit names,Kapikachu , which means "one starts itching like a monkey" and Atmagupta, which means "secret self, and hints at the therapeutic value of the seed concealed within the allergenic seedpod. In English, the common name for this plant is Cowhage. Banyan offers Nalla Dulagondi ginjalu as Kapikacchu. Nalla Dulagondi ginjalu has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over two thousand years. There are traditional uses for the root and the trichomes (the irritating hairs themselves), but it is the seed of Nalla Dulagondi ginjalu that is most often employed therapeutically.There are actually two varieties of seeds—one black and one white.
Benefits of (Nalla Dulagondi ginjalu)
- Supports a healthy central & peripheral nervous system
- Supports the body’s ability to handle stress
- Is a natural source of levodopa (L-dopa)
- Supports physical balance & posture
- Promotes healthy motor skills & coordination
- Improves energy & endurance
- Supports the intellect*
- Bolsters libido*
- Revitalizes both the male & female reproductive systems*
Nalla Dulagondi ginjalu is useful in disorders of a tridoshic origin—those that involve vata, pitta, and kapha—but it is most balancing to vata and pitta. It is a very building herb, one that promotes muscle mass, body weight and can increase kapha. Mucuna pruriens is primarily sweet and bitter, and is quite warming. It has an affinity for all of the tissues in the body, but is especially suited to balance the nervous, reproductive, and digestive systems.