Velvet Bean (Mucuna pruriens)
Commonly used part: Seeds
Effects are: Slight euphoria, both mental and physical energy and overall sense of well- being.
Velvet Bean seeds are used as an androgenic, nootropic, antivenin, anti- Parkinson’s (2002 U.S. patent) aphrodisiac, hypoglycemic and anabolic. Contains 7% to 10% of L-dopa. Dopamine does not cross the blood-brain barrier. However, L-dopa (levodopa) does gain access to the brain, where it is converted to dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that promotes enjoyment and interest in life.
Velvet Bean is used mainly to treat the following: Parkinson’s disease, impotency and erectile dysfunction, as an aphrodisiac, increase testosterone, muscle builder, anabolic/androgenic aid to stimulate growth hormone and as a weight loss aid.
Also, it has been used in many cultures to treat: Edema, intestinal gas, as a diuretic and nerve tonic. In Indian Ayurvedic medicine, it is used for worms, dysentery, diarrhea, snakebite, cough, tuberculosis, impotence, rheumatic disorders, pain reliever, sterility, gout, menstrual disorders, menstrual promoter, uterine stimulant and blood purifier, diabetes and cancer.
Velvet bean is an annual climbing vine that grows 3-18 m in height. It is indigenous to tropical regions, especially Africa, India, and the West Indies. Its flowers are white to dark purple and hang in long clusters.
The seeds of velvet bean are high in protein, carbohydrates, lipids, fiber, and minerals. They are also rich in novel alkaloids, saponins, and sterols. The main plant chemicals found in velvet bean include: alkaloids, alkylamines, arachidic acid, behenic acid, betacarboline, beta-sitosterol, bufotenine, cystine, dopamine, fatty acids, flavones, galactose d, gallic acid, genistein, glutamic acid, glutathione, glycine, histidine, hydroxygenistein, 5-hydroxytryptamine, isoleucine, l-dopa, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, lysine, mannose d, methionine, 6-methoxyharman, mucunadine, mucunain, mucunine, myristic acid, niacin, nicotine, oleic acid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, phenylalanine, prurienidine, prurienine, riboflavin, saponins, serine, serotonin, stearic acid, stizolamine, threonine, trypsin, tryptamine, tyrosine, valine, and vernolic acid.
Herb Powders is a very versatile product, as you can make formulas of your own. We offer great quality and a wide selection for you to choose from. Find the one that suits you best.
Since we are located in Thailand, we have the privilege to be able to collect most of these herbs ourselves from the wild. And as consumers of these herbs we always seek the best quality. We respect the wild-crafted areas and procure not to collect more than we need.
We follow rigorous drying methods at our facilities. Once dried correctly we grind to powder form.
The advantages of having these herbs in powder form is that you can make several custom made formulations of your own. You could make tinctures and even your own resin. Another cool way to use the powder is to make your own capsules. You can roll your own mix of powders into a ball with a little bit of honey.
This product is not for use by or sale to persons under the age of 18. It should not be used if you are pregnant or nursing. Consult with a physician before use if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications.