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
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
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