BotanicalName : Mucuna Pruriens


Specification : L-Dopa 10% AND 15%

Uses : Astringent, Anthelmintic, Anti - parkinsonian

Description : Mucuna pruriens is a tropical legume native to Africa and tropical Asia and widely naturalized and cultivated.The plant is notorious for the extreme itchiness it produces on contact,particularly with the young foliage and the seed pods. It has value in agricultural and horticultural use and has a range of medicinal properties.The plant is an annual climbing shrub with long vines that can reach over 15 m in length. When the plant is young, it is almost completely covered with fuzzy hairs, but when older, it is almost completely free of hairs. The leaves are tripinnate, ovate, reverse ovate, rhombus-shaped or widely ovate. The sides of the leaves are often heavily grooved and the tips are pointy. In young M.pruriens plants, both sides of the leaves have hairs. The stems of the leaflets are two to three millimeters long. Additional adjacent leaves are present and are about 5 mm long.