Dopamine boosting natural supplement famous for its beneficial action on Parkinson’s.

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Kapikacchu or Mucuna pruriens, a tropical legume also known as velvet bean, has been used by ancient healers and is making waves in the scientific community.

Kapikacchu is a dopamine-boosting natural supplement that is able to improve mood, motivation and focus in its users. A native of tropical Caribbean climates, the tall leafy Kapikacchu plant bears seeds which are full of L-Dopa (L-3, 4-dihydroxyphenylalanine), a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine.

Consuming some form of these seeds is one of the only ways to directly supplement and increase dopamine levels in the brain. This is one reason that Kapikacchu has endured as a folk medicine for centuries.

Dopamine’s Role in the Brain

The neurotransmitter dopamine is a critical component to emotional wellbeing and mood. One of the catecholamine hormones, the release of dopamine in the brain contributes in many ways to vibrant, energetic mood.

In fact, most prescription medications which doctors give to ADHD patients work by artificially stimulating the release of catecholamine’s like dopamine.

Kapikacchu provides a natural alternative which in many cases is more effective than its prescription counterparts.

Kapikacchu improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. In the brain, this ensures that oxygen-rich blood will be delivered to nerve cells, making their function more efficient while preventing decay.

Metabolism is raised, as is the speedy removal of waste. All of these functions provide greater mental clarity and focus to the user.

Dopamine deficiencies are linked to symptoms of depression, as well as lack of motor control. Chronic dopamine depletion can lead to very serious degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease.

Is a Therapy for Parkinson’s disease on the Horizon?

Parkinson’s disease is partially characterized by decreased brain production of dopamine, an important neurotransmitter. Because Kapikacchu positively influences dopamine levels, it’s been an Ayurvedic therapy for centuries. Preliminary research indicates that the natural form of L-dopa in Kapikacchu provides equivalent (or better) results compared to synthetic levodopa; and without the common side effects of nausea, vomiting, and involuntary muscle movement

Now, should it be inferred that Kapikacchu is a cure or treatment for Parkinson’s? Not in the least. Is this study interesting in a hopeful sense though? Absolutely.

Many Uses of Kapikacchu in Ayurveda

General debility

Sexual debility






Nervous debility


Parkinson’s disease

The seeds of this plant are one of the best tonics and aphrodisiacs to the reproductive system. They increase sexual energy, strengthen the reproductive organs and through them vitalize our entire system.

One teaspoon of the seed boiled in one cup of water stimulates sexual energy and prevents premature ejaculation.

For bronchial asthma, one half teaspoon of the powder along with a teaspoon of ghee serves as a good bronchodilator.

This is strictly for educational use only.
Not to be considered medical advice


Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad. The Yoga of Herbs


Forever wellness Ayurveda

 Ayurvedic Health Practitioner

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Glendale CA 91204

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What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda, which literally means the knowledge and wisdom of life, is the traditional healing system of India. Often called the mother of all healing, it originated in India over 5,000 years ago.

According to Ayurveda, we create and recreate our state of health each day based upon how we interact with the world, in terms of our beliefs, perceptions, thoughts, and feelings, which then ultimately determine our actions. Actions in harmony with our inner nature create health, while those dis-harmonious with our inner nature create disease. Your inner nature is called your constitution or Prakruti. This unique balance of energy was determined at the moment of conception and is with you the rest of your life. It determines what is in harmony with your nature and what will cause you to become out of balance, sick, and diseased. Knowledge of your constitution is essential to developing optimal health. Your constitution determines how you react to various foods, colors, aromas, and general life habits.


What are The Three Doshas?

Your constitution is the fundamental and unique balance of three basic energies called doshas. They are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The balance in each individual is different; hence, each individual has his or her own special set of challenges and gifts. For this reason no two programs are identical, and each person’s path toward optimal health is unique.


The Vata dosha is said to be made up of the air and ether elements.  Vata is very much like the wind – it is light, cool, dry and mobile. In the body, those people with a Vata nature experience more of these qualities. Their bodies tend to be light, their bones thin, and their skin and hair dry. They often move and speak quickly.

When out of balance, they may lose weight, become constipated, and have weakness in their immune and nervous systems.

These qualities are also reflected in the personality. Those with a Vata nature tend to be talkative, enthusiastic, creative, flexible, and energetic. Yet, when out of balance, they may also become easily confused and overwhelmed, have difficulty focusing or making decisions, and have trouble sleeping. This becomes more apparent when they are under stress. They are challenged by cool emotions

Like worry, fear and anxiety.


The Pitta dosha is said to be made up of the fire and water elements. Fire is more predominant, and those people with a Pitta nature have many of the qualities of fire within them. Pitta tends to be hot, sharp and penetrating. It is also somewhat volatile and oily. They tend to feel warm, have a somewhat oily skin, penetrating eyes, and sharp features. They tend to have moderate weight and good musculature. When out of balance, they tend toward diarrhea, infections, skin rashes, and weakness in the liver, spleen and blood.

These qualities are also reflected in the personality. Pitta people tend to be highly focused, competitive, capable, courageous, energetic, and clear communicators who get right to the point. They like to solve problems, and, when under stress, they dig in their heels. However, they can also become overly intense and speak with a sharp tongue. They make great friends but feared enemies. Emotionally, they are challenged by the heated emotions of anger, resentment, and jealousy.


Within the Kapha dosha there is a predominance of the water and earth elements. Like these elements, Kapha tends to be cool, moist, stable, and heavy. In the body, these qualities manifest as dense, heavy bones; lustrous, supple skin; low metabolism; and large, stocky frames. In addition, those with a Kapha nature tend to feel cool. When out of balance, Kapha individuals are prone to gaining weight and tend to have weaknesses in their lungs and sinuses, where there is an accumulation of mucous.

The elements of water and earth are also manifested in the personality. The heavy, stable nature of Kapha is reflected in a steady personality that is not prone to quick fluctuations. Those with a Kapha nature handle stress very well generally conservative, and would prefer to keep things just the way they are.

Those with a Kapha nature are also comfort seekers. This relates to the soft, watery nature of Kapha. Too much comfort, however, can lead to a lack of motivation and a feeling of becoming stuck. When Kapha is out of balance, the heavy emotions of depression and lethargy result.


How to Balance Doshas?

The awareness gained from having an Ayurvedic consultation allows one to create balance and harmony, thus avoiding the onset of symptoms. If you are already ill, Ayurveda helps you to create the optimum environment in your body for healing to take place! Ayurveda will help you feel better about life and have greater energy and enthusiasm.

Ayurvedic Practitioners conduct consultations to determine a person’s unique constitution. Through this consultation the nature of a person and any imbalances are identified. Then, the Clinical Ayurvedic specialist puts together a treatment program that not only includes foods and herbs but also aromas, colors, Ayurvedic body therapies, detoxification, yoga, meditation, Marma therapy, guidelines for healthy eating, food combinations and more – all aimed at restoring or maintaining balance.

Healing imbalances at their root is the ultimate goal of Ayurveda.

Many times, the root imbalance lies in the digestive system and in the mind. Ayurvedic Pancha Karma therapy is the most powerful way of addressing the root causes of disease. Pancha Karma purifies both the digestive system and the mind. Removing impurities from the body via the digestive system and bringing balance to the mind is the art of Ayurvedic Pancha Karma.

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Forever wellness Ayurveda


Consultations are held at: 412 W. Broadway suite 214

Glendale CA 91204

Contact info: (818) 482-6694