How does it feel?
Kapikacchu is a creeping, evergreen climber that can reach heights of up to 3 metres. It has characteristically soft and downy leaves that can grow to 45cm in length. It produces clusters of purple or white, pea-like flowers during the summer that are then followed by flattened pods that grow up to 9cm in length and are soft and velvety to the touch. The pods contain 3-6 seeds that are a dark brown-orange in colour and are covered in irritant bristles. Kapikacchu is native to India and common to tropical climates where it is commonly grown as cattle fodder. There are black and white varieties of this plant.
All around the world the actions of traditional medicines were understood by their immediate sensory impacts. Click on each of kapikacchu’s key qualities below to learn more:
What can I use it for?
Kapikacchu contains the amino acid levodopa (L-dopa), an essential precursor of dopamine. L-dopa has demonstrated the ability to breakdown monoamine oxidase (MAO), a primary indicator in Parkinson’s disease, but also in conditions characterised by nervous paralysis, cramping, tremors and spasms.
Certain alkaloids in kapikacchu increase the numbers of spermatozoa and levels of testosterone and androgens. Kapikacchu has also demonstrated improvements in levels of libido and stamina in both women and men, with increased levels of sex hormones.
Into the heart of kapikacchu
Kapikacchu is considered as a restorative to the nervous and reproductive system, with a specific indication in Parkinson’s disease. It is an excellent remedy for any nervous condition that is characterised by areas of numbness, paralysis, tremours or loss of nervous control. The presence of L-dopa in kapikacchu makes it excellent for any form of dopamine deficiency or dopamine influenced condition. The ability of kapikacchu to calm nervous spasms, has also made it a useful herb in treating digestive cramping and spasms that are exacerbated by nervous tension and stress.
In Ayurveda, kapikacchu is viewed as the ultimate restorative and tonic to the male and female reproductive system. It will rejuvenate and strengthen the organs themselves but also improves overall libido, vigour and stamina.
Kapikacchu is a tonic to the whole reproductive system in both men and women, treating low libido, infertility, impotence, spermatorrhoea and premature ejaculation. It is considered to be one of the ultimate Ayurvedic reproductive tonics for both men and women.
As it contains L-Dopa, it is a specific remedy for Parkinson’s disease (noted for the severe loss of dopamine from the basal ganglia). Its overall influence on the nervous system indicates its use in paralysis, spasms, twitching, tremors and cramps.
The anti-spasmodic function of kapikachu can help alleviate intestinal spasms, pain and gas.
Did you know?
One of the common names of this herb is ‘cowhage’ reflecting its traditional use and cultivation as cattle fodder.
Not for people on medication of Levodopa.
Traditional Ayurvedic characteristics are
- Rasa (taste) Sweet, bitter.
- Virya (action) Hot.
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect) Sweet.
- Guna (quality) Heavy, unctuous.
- Dosha effect: VP-, K+.
- Dhatu (tissue) All tissues, especially nerve, reproductive.
- Srotas (channels) Nervous, reproductive, digestive.
5–15g/day as powder or in a decoction, or 6–20ml of a 1:3 @ 25% tincture.