Scientific Name: Mucuna Pruriens
Common Name or English Name: Cowitch, Konch, Kapikachu (Term of Sanskrit) and Cowhage (Latin term)
Commercial use: Roots, Seeds and leaves are commercially used in the market. It is also used as food crops in major African countries surpassing their therapeutic values.
Utilization: Its seeds are having severe tastes that are laxative in nature and are also used as an energizing drink.
Mucuna Pruriens is the popular medicines in India and is one of the significant constituent of many medicines.
Seeds of this plant contain an anti-Parkinson’s element and are in great demand on the international as well as domestic front. Seeds are crushed into powder for this purpose.
Roots of this plant are used in the cure of constipation, elephantiasis, ulcers, and typhoid, etc.
Leaves of kapikachu are used for treating swelling and general weakness.
It can also boost the making of human growth hormones and also strengthens muscles and it also increases tissue flexibility and develops better coordination.
Mucuna Pruriens forms an important in the study of neurology and is also used in the treatment of sexual diseases.
It is also helpful in maintaining healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Environment: Mucuna Pruriens is an accepted kharif crop in India; the seeds of which are sown in the month of July.
Flowers on this crop starts coming in the plant normally after 45 days of sowing of seeds. Flowers have white or purple colors.
It is a long climbing crop that can grow up to 15 meter.
This plant is also having long loose orange hairs that causes rigorous burning sensation when comes in contact with skin.
It is found in humid areas of Africa, India and the Caribbean islands.
When there is a temperature below 10 degree C, it needs to be grown in an indoor area.