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Mucuna pruriens

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Scientific Name : Mucuna pruriens
Family
: Fabaceae
Common Name
: Velvet bean, Cowitch, Cowhage, Itch bean, Picapica, Kapikachu, Yerepe (Yoruba), Atmagupta
Part Used
: Seed

Chemical constituents : Mucuna  contains L-Dopa, a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine.

Uses : Mucuna has been used for Parkinson's disease. L-dopa converts into dopamine, an important brain chemical involved in mood, sexuality, and movement.