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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Kapikachu  
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English: Cowhage  
Botanical: Mucuna pruriens, Mucuna prutita, Carpopogon pruiens, Dolichos pruiens  
Hindi: Kiwach kaunch  
Telugu: Pedda doolagondi  
Common names: Cowitch, Cowhage plant, kavach, Kapikachhu, Atmagupta
Naikaranam, Kawanch, Kewach
Family name: Leguminosae  

2. Parts used:

  • The hairs of the pod
  • Seeds
  • Root

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Sweet and bitter.
  • Vipaka: Sweet.
  • Veerya: Seeta veerya.

4. Uses:

  • Good remedy for Parkinson’s disease, dropsy.
  • It is an aphrodisiac, improves vitality.
  • It is a Blood purifier.
  • Helpful for rheumatic patients.
  • It cures leucorrhoea, menorrhagia, spermatorrhoea.
  • Herb - anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, astringent, nervine, tonic, rejuvenate.
  • Seeds - antihelmintic, astringent, nervine tonic, and an aphrodisiac.
  • Root - nervine tonic, diuretic.
  • Hairs on the pods - irritant, powerful vermifuge.
  • A good remedy for facial paralysis nervous disorders, asthma, cough, stone in the bladder, ulcers, fevers, edema and elephantiasis.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Kandoora: Which creates irritation.
  • Pravrutreshatya: Which spreads in rainy season.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Vajeekari: Enhances development of Sperm.
  • Kamphahari: Decreases Parkinsons.

7. Reference:

Vasthu guna deepika, Vasthu guna prakashika, Chakradatta, Susrutam, Basabarajeezam, Bhavaprakashika, Vangacena, Charakasamhita, Vagvatamu, Hareetasamhita, Srijanakalpavalli.

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