Cowhage (E), Kapikacchu (H):
This broad-bean-sized seed is a superb restorative to the reproductive system. Like many seeds it has the ability to potentiate the reproductive tissue as well as the nervous system. It is also used to treat tremors and spasms. The surface of the seed-pods is 'velvety' like a monkey's skin. It is also an allergenic which causes an itch, hence the name 'one who scratches like a monkey'. A - tmagupta- means 'secret self' referring to its therapeutic seed concealed within the irritating bean pod.
Reproduction Kapikacchu is a tonic to the whole īsukra dhatu system treating low libido, infertility, impotence, spermatorrhoea, premature ejaculation. It is considered to be one of the ultimate Ayurvedic reproductive tonics for both men and women. Nerves As it contains L-dopa, an essential precursor of dopamine, 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 and cramps treating all vata disorders in majja dhatu. Digestion Its digestive and antispasmodic function can help alleviate intestinal spasms, pain and gas. Its sara or flowing quality can help with constipation.