Mucuna (Mucuna pruriens)

Mucuna is a bean that grows from vines in the tropics of Asia, Africa, and South America. Also referred to as “velvet bean” it has been used in Ayurvedic Medicine for thousands of years.

Today, it is an established herbal drug used for the management of male infertility, nervous disorders, and as an aphrodisiac. Its seeds are of substantial medicinal importance.

Properties of mucuna include anti-diabetic, anti-epileptic, anti-carcinogenic, antioxidant and anti-microbial. It is also neuroprotective, hypotensive, analgesic and anti-inflammatory and a natural source of levodopa (L-dopa).

L-dopa is the precursor to dopamine, and is responsible for positive mood, normal brain and nervous system function, as well as enhanced intellect. The L-dopa is also extracted from the seeds to provide commercial drugs for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Mucuna has clinical and scientifically established uses for the management of male infertility, and reinvigorating male and female reproductive systems.

Part used: 

Leaf, pod, seed


Sweet, bitter, warming


Anti-diabetic, anti-epileptic, anti-carcinogenic, antioxidant, antimicrobial activity, neuroprotective, hypotensive, analgesic, anti-inflammatory


Parkinson’s Disease, depression, stress, male infertility, low libido.


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Mucuna is used in our Sex Dust.