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Mucuna Powder


Mucuna, also referred to as velvet bean, has been employed in traditional healing practices for millennia for its various beneficial qualities and is one of the most popular healthful herbs in India. The fruit has additional traditional uses including as a coffee substitute and food source.

Native to Africa and parts of Asia, Mucuna pruriens is now naturalized in tropical climates worldwide.

Considered energetically warming in nature, mucuna seeds have a long history of use in Ayurveda and traditional Unani healing practices. Referred to as kapikacchu in Ayurveda, mucuna was employed for thousands of years as a tridoshic (good for every dosha type) herb. Both sweet and bitter, kapikacchu was traditionally seen in Ayurveda as a building herb with an affinity for the nervous system, brain, and reproductive system. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, mucuna was viewed as a deeply nourishing herb and was often employed as an adaptogen to enhance overall wellbeing. Mucuna beans contain a high natural content of L-dopa (levodopa) which is a precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which helps to regulate mood.

Traditional Ayurvedic preparations of mucuna bean including mixing the powder with ghee or milk and honey. Mucuna is typically blended into polyherbal formulations, often with Shatavari and/or Ashwagandha. Today, mucuna powder is often employed in liquid extracts, capsules, or tablets. The powder can even be added to smoothies for a healthful kick.

Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

2 oz bag

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.


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