Mucuna belongs to the family Leguminosae and is native to Africa and tropical Asia. It is an annual climbing shrub that can reach 15 m in length. The leaves are trifoliate, alternate or spiraled. Flowers are dark purple, white or lavender in colour, pea-like but larger, with distinctive curved petals and occur in drooping racemes. Fruits, longitudinal pods are curved, 4 to 6 seeded and about 10 cm long. In Ayurveda, it is used against a wide range of disorders, such as urinary tract, neurological, menstruation disorders, constipation, edema, fever, tuberculosis, ulcers, helminthiases.
- Rasa (taste): Madhura, Tikta (Sweet, Bitter)
- Veerya (nature): Ushna (Hot)
- Vipaka (taste developed through digestion): Madhura (Sweet)
- Guna (qualities): Guru, Snigdha (Heavy, Unctuous)
- Doshas (effect on humors): Balances all three doshas
Mucuna (Mucuna pruriens) Extract L-DOPA 10% by HPLC
Common Name Mucuna Botanical Name Mucuna pruriens Standardization L-DOPA 10% Test Method HPLC Part Used Seeds Application Aphrodesiac & Parkinson's Disease