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KAUNCH seeds What is Cow-itch plantCow-itch plant (latest outcomes) has active ingredients of cowhage.It can also be called: Cowhage, Atmagupta, Couhage, Cowitch, Dolichos Pruriens, Feijao macaco, HP 200, HP-200, Kapi Kacchu, Kapikachchhu, Kapikachu, Kaunch, Kawach, Kawanch, Kevanch, Kiwach, Macuna, Mucuna hirsuta, Mucuna pruriens, Mucuna prurient, Mucuna Prurita, Ojo de buey, Pica-Pica, Stizolobium pruriens, Velvet Bean  kaunch1
Sanskrit : Kapikachu, Atmagupta, Kaunch English   Cowhage, cowitch.Velvet Bean, Buffalo bean, Picapica Common name : Paryaya Latin name : Kaunch pruriens / M. prurita Family : Fabaceae Morphology: Perennial twining shrubs clothed with dense hairs when young. Leaves are alternate, trifoliate, long petioled, leaflets ovate, rhomboid, acute, mucronate, lateral leaflets unequal sided at base, densely covered with silvery grey hair. Flower: Purple coloured in axillary peduncled racemes; calyx 2-lipped tube pubescent; corolla papilionaceous, exserted; stamens diadelphous 9+1. Fruit: Turgid, falcately curved pod. Densely covered with irritant bristles. Ayurvedic Pharmacodynamic properties: Rasa : Madhura (sweet), Tikta (bitter) Guna : Guru (heavy), Snigdha (oily) Virya : Ushna (hot) Vipaka : Madhura (sweet) Doshakarma : Vata shamak (alleviates V Dosha)    Part used: Roots, Seeds, and LeavesChemical Composition : Seeds contain L-dopa (4-3, 4-dihydroxy phenyladaline) gluthione, lecithin, gallic acid, glycosides, nicotine, prurenine, prurenidine, dark brown viscous oil. alkaloids mucanine, tannic acid, resin, lecithinMedicinal Properties: It has Anthelmintic, Diuretic, Aphrodisiac, Nervine, Astringent, Rejuvenative, Analgesic, Carminative properties.Medicinal uses: KAUNCH is an aphrodisiac herb used as a nervine tonic & for male virility. It is well known for its aphrodisiac properties & also as a testosterone stimulating herb that increase the sperm count. It is well known dietary supplement which helps in deposition of protein in muscle & hence helps in increasing muscle & mass strength. It also restores mental alertness & improves co-ordination. It is direct precursor of neurotransmitter of levodopa. L-dopa increases production of dopamine which improves mood, sexuality, co-ordination of muscles & positive effect in Parkinsons. Pods are used as anthelminthic, Seeds are in leucorrhoea, spermatorrhoea, in expelling round worms & otherworms except tape worm Root powder is laxative Farmers use Kaunch as cover crop, a fodder or as green manure Toasted ground seeds are used as a coffee substitutes An ointment is used for Elephantiasis Dose: Churna 3-6 gms; Roots 50-100ml; Bristles 125 mg. Important formulations: Vanari Ghrita, Vanari Gutika, Kaunchapaka. Precaution:  It is not prescribed during pregnancy, because it has uterine stimulant effect and may cause birth defects. It lowers the blood sugar level.  Those with hypoglycemia or diabetes should only use Kauch under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. It  is contraindicated in combination with M.A.O. inhibitors. It has androgenic activity, increasing testosterone levels. Persons with excessive androgen syndromes should avoid using Kaunch. It inhibits prolactin. If you have a medical condition resulting in inadequate levels of prolactin in the body, do not use  unless under the direction or your healthcare practitioner. The seed contains high quantities of L-dopa. Levodopa is the pharmaceutical medication used for Parkinson’s disease. Those with Parkinson’s should only use  under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

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