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Mucuna Pruriens

Used in HerbalHim/ HerbalHer

A popular herb of Ayurvedic Indian medicine, the active ingredient in Mucuna Pruriens produces dopamine, a key neurotransmitter in the control of sexual function.

In powdered form, Mucuna Pruriens seeds have high concentrations of levodopa, an important precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Its other active ingredients (5-HTP, nicotine, N, N-DMT, bufotenine, and 5-MeO-DMT) increase serotonin levels and have both aphrodisiac and mild psychedelic properties.



A climbing shrub with long vines, flowers that can be either white or shades of purple, with orange pods and black and brown beans.

Other possible names

Velvet Bean, Cowitch, Cowhage, Kevatch, Kapikachu, Nescafe, Sea Bean, Kratzbohnen, Konch, Yerepe/ Yoruba, Atmagupta

Therapeutic uses


  • Antioxidant properties
  • Builds energy and stamina
  • Early studies suggest it may be of assistance to Parkinsons sufferers


  • Libido enhancement - due to the active ingredients serotonin and dopamine. Research by French Medical University of Paris South demonstrates that these neurotransmitters play an important role in the human central nervous system in promoting sexual function in both men and women.
  • Improves erectile function and vaginal lubrication
  • Improves orgasm


Tropical Africa, India, and America, South America, West Indies

Safety and cautions

No known issues.

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