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Kaunch beej

Kaunch beej
Kaunch beej or Cowhage is widely known as “The magic velvet bean”. It is a leguminous plant and is a good source of protein.
Kaunch beej increases sexual desire as well as the quality and quantity of sperm due to its aphrodisiac property. It helps in the management of nervous disorders like Parkinson's diseases and controls the symptoms of arthritis. The most effective way of consuming Kaunch beej powder is with milk. It might also help reduce the risk of breast cancer[1-3].
External exposure to the hair of the Kaunch beej pod or the seed itself can cause severe itching, burning and rashes[13].

What are the synonyms of Kaunch beej?

Mucuna pruriens, Banar Kakua, Cowhage, Kavach, Kaucha, Kewanch, Kaunch, Nasugunne, Naikuruna, Khajkuhilee, Baikhujnee, Tatgajuli, Kawach, Poonaikkali, Doolagondi, Duradagondi, Kanwach, Konch, Kapikacchu

What is the source of Kaunch beej?

Plant Based

Benefits of Kaunch beej

What are the benefits of Kaunch beej for Increasing sexual desire?

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Modern Science View
Kaunch beej works as an aphrodisiac and helps in increasing sexual desire. It helps to improve sperm count and motility. It also helps to increase the production and quantity of semen. Apart from this, Kaunch beej helps reduce physiological stress and improves semen quality. This is due to its antioxidant property.
Some studies state that Kaunch beej improves sexual performance by delaying the time of ejaculation[4][5].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Kaunch beej is widely used for enhancing sexual power. It also improves the quality and quantity of semen because of its Guru (heavy) and Vrushya (aphrodisiac) properties.

Tip:
1. Take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Kaunch beej powder.
2. Mix with honey or 1 cup lukewarm milk.
3. Swallow it once or twice a day after taking food.

What are the benefits of Kaunch beej for Parkinson's disease?

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Kaunch beej powder might be beneficial in managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
In Parkinson’s disease, there is a decline in the number of dopamine-producing neurons. A drop in the level of dopamine in the brain leads to the symptoms of Parkinson's disease such as tremor, stiffness in movement and imbalance. Kaunch beej has antioxidant and neuroprotective effects. These seeds contain L-dopa which gets converted to dopamine and restores its level in the brain. As a result, this helps in managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease[1][2].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Kaunch beej powder helps to control the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. A disease condition 'Vepathu' described in Ayurveda may be correlated with Parkinson's disease. It is caused by vitiated Vata. Taking Kaunch beej powder balances Vata and controls the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Tip:
a. Take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Kaunch beej powder.
b. Mix with 1 teaspoon honey or 1 cup lukewarm milk.
c. Have it preferably after lunch and dinner.

What are the benefits of Kaunch beej for Arthritis?

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Modern Science View
Kaunch beej powder might be beneficial in the management of arthritis. It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. These properties help to reduce pain and swelling in the joints[1][2][4].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
According to Ayurveda, the bones and joints are considered a site of Vata in the body. Pain in the joints is mainly due to Vata imbalance. Taking Kaunch beej powder helps in balancing Vata, thereby reducing bone and joint pain.

Tip:
a. Take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Kaunch beej powder.
b. Mix with 1 teaspoon honey or 1 cup lukewarm milk.
c. Have it preferably after lunch and dinner for managing bone and joint pain.

What are the benefits of Kaunch beej for High levels of prolactin?

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Prolactin hormone is required to maintain lactation in breastfeeding mothers. Overproduction of prolactin hormone can increase the risk of breast cancer. The presence of L-dopa present in Kaunch beej inhibits the overproduction of prolactin hormone. This helps to prevent the growth of cancer cells. It further induces DNA damage and apoptosis (cell death) in these cells. Thus, Kaunch beej slows down the spread of breast cancer by managing the levels of prolactin hormone[2][3].

How effective is Kaunch beej?

Likely effective
Increasing sexual desire
Insufficient evidence
Arthritis, High levels of prolactin, Muscle pain, Parkinson's disease, Worm infections

Precautions when using Kaunch beej

Advice from Experts
Important
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1. Ingestion of hairs from Kaunch beej pod or the seed itself can result in significant mucosal irritation and should be avoided[13].
2. Kaunch beej may increase acid secretion. So it is generally advisable to consult your doctor while taking Kaunch beej if you have peptic ulcer[2].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Consult your doctor before taking Kaunch beej if you already have hyperacidity and gastritis as it has Ushna (hot) potency.
Breastfeeding
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Consult your doctor before taking Kaunch beej if you are breastfeeding[2].

Moderate Medicine Interaction
Important
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Kaunch beej may interact with CNS drugs. So, it is generally advisable to consult your doctor while taking Kaunch beej with CNS drugs[2].
Patients with diabetes
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Kaunch beej may lower the blood sugar. So, it is generally advisable to monitor your blood sugar while taking Kaunch beej if you have low blood sugar[2].
Patients with heart disease
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Kaunch beej may lower the blood pressure. So, It is generally advisable to monitor your blood pressure while taking Kaunch beej if you have low blood pressure[2].
Pregnancy
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Consult your doctor before taking Kaunch beej during pregnancy[2].
Side Effects
Important
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1. Headache
2. Confusion
3. Agitation
4. Hallucinations[2].

Recommended Dosage of Kaunch beej

  • Kaunch beej Churna - ¼-½ teaspoon twice a day or as prescribed by the doctor.
  • Kaunch beej Capsule - 1 capsule twice a day or as prescribed by the doctor.
  • Kaunch beej Tablet - 1 tablet twice a day or as prescribed by the doctor.

How to use Kaunch beej

1. Kaunch beej Churna or Powder
A. With Honey
i. Take ¼ - ½ teaspoon of Kaunch beej powder.
ii. Add honey to it.
iii. Have it preferably after lunch and dinner.
iv. Replace honey with lukewarm water or milk if you are diabetic.

B. With Milk
i. Take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Kaunch beej powder.
ii. Mix with 1 cup milk and boil it for 3-5 minutes.
iii. Have it once or twice a day after taking food.

2. Kaunch beej Capsule
a. Take 1 Kaunch beej capsule twice a day or as prescribed by the doctor.
b. Swallow it with water after lunch and dinner.

3. Kaunch beej Tablet
a. Take 1 Kaunch beej tablet twice a day or as prescribed by the doctor.
b. Swallow it with water after lunch and dinner.

Benefits of Kaunch beej

1. Insect Bite
Kaunch beej powder helps to reduce the poisonous effect of insect bite. This is because of its Ropan (healing) property.
Tips:
a. Take 1/2-1 teaspoon of Kaunch beej powder.
b. Mix it with milk and make a paste.
c. Apply evenly on the affected area.
d. Leave till symptoms subside.
e. Wash thoroughly with fresh water.

2. Wound healing
Kaunch beej powder helps in quick healing of wound, decreases swelling and brings back the normal texture of the skin. A paste of Kaunch beej powder with Coconut oil helps in quick healing and reduces inflammation. This is due to its Ropan (healing) property.
Tips:
a. Take 1/2-1 teaspoon of Kaunch beej powder.
b. Mix it with milk and make a paste.
c. Apply evenly on the affected area.
d. Let it dry.
e. Wash thoroughly with fresh water.
f. Repeat this for quick healing of wound.

Precautions when using Kaunch beej

Allergy
Important
scientific
Modern Science View
External exposure to the hair of the Kaunch beej pod or the seed itself can cause severe itching, burning and rashes[13].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Use the paste of Kaunch beej with milk or rose water on the skin as it is Ushna (hot) potency.
Side Effects
Important
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Modern Science View
1. Severe Itching
2. Burning
3. Swelling[2].

Recommended Dosage of Kaunch beej

  • Kaunch beej Powder - 1/2-1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Kaunch beej

1. Kaunch beej Powder
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon of Kaunch beej powder.
b. Mix it with milk and make a paste.
c. Apply evenly on the affected area.
d. Let it sit for 5-7 minutes.
e. Wash thoroughly with fresh water.
f. Use this remedy for quick healing of wound.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Can I take Kaunch beej powder with milk?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, you can take Kaunch beej powder with milk. Kauch beej has Ushna (hot) potency so milk is good to balance and make it easily digestible.

Q. Can a woman take Kaunch beej?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Kaunch beej is good for woman’s health especially to get relief from all types of Vata disorders like joint pain. But it is advisable to consult your doctor while taking Kaunch beej (seeds) during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Q. How to use Kaunch beej to enhance sexual power?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
1. Kaunch beej Powder
A. With Honey
i. Take ¼-½ teaspoon of Kaunch beej.
ii. Add honey to it.
iii. Have it preferably after lunch and dinner.

B. With Milk
i. Take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Kaunch beej powder.
ii. Mix with 1 cup milk and boil it for 3-5 minutes.
iii. Add sugar as per your requirement.
iv. Have it once or twice a day after taking food.

2. Kaunch beej (seeds) Capsule
i. Take 1 Kaunch beej capsule twice a day or as prescribed by the doctor.
ii. Swallow it with water after lunch and dinner.

3. Kaunch beej (seeds) Tablet
i. Take 1 Kaunch beej tablet twice a day or as prescribed by the doctor.
ii. Swallow it with water after lunch and dinner.

Q. Can I take a mixture of Ashwagandha, Kaunch beej powder and Shatavari powder?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, a mixture of Ashwagandha, Kaunch beej powder and Shatavari powder is good to enhance overall stamina and strength. You can take it preferably with milk for better results.

Q. Can I buy Kaunch beej powder online?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Kaunch beej powder is available online on various e-commerce platforms.

Q. How to consume Kaunch beej powder?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Kaunch beej powder or churna can be taken either with honey, milk or lukewarm water.

A. With Honey
i. Take ¼ - ½ teaspoon of Kaunch beej powder.
ii. Add honey to it.
iii. Have it preferably after lunch and dinner.
iv. Replace honey with lukewarm water or milk if you are diabetic.

B. With Milk
i. Take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Kaunch beej powder.
ii. Mix with 1 cup milk and boil it for 3-5 minutes.
iii. Have it once or twice a day after taking food.

Q. How to take Kaunch Pak?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Kaunch Pak is an Ayurvedic preparation which helps to improve sexual stamina and boost immunity to fight against infections or other health ailments. You can take 1 teaspoon Kaunch Pak with milk once or twice a day or as directed by the doctor.

Q. Does Kaunch beej work as an aphrodisiac?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Kaunch beej works as an aphrodisiac. It helps to increase the sperm count and movement. It also helps to increase the production and quantity of semen. Some studies state that Kaunch beej improves sexual performance by delaying the time of ejaculation[4][5].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Kaunch beej powder is widely used for enhancing sexual power. It also improves the quality and quantity of semen because of its Guru (heavy) and Vrushya (aphrodisiac) properties.

Q. Does Kaunch beej have a role in diabetes?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Kaunch beej has a role in diabetes. Kaunch beej (seeds) contain d-chiro-inositol. D-chiro-inositol mimics the action of insulin. This helps in glucose metabolism. Kaunch beej has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. This reduces the risk of diabetes-related complications[1].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
In diabetes, weakness is one of the common symptoms and Kaunch beej plays an important role in reducing weakness. This is because of its Balya (strength provider) property. Kaunch beej also helps reduce the risk of diabetes complications.

Q. Does Kaunch beej work against snake venom poisoning?

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Yes, Kaunj beej is used for prophylaxis (preventive action) in the case of snake venom poisoning. Snake venom contains a number of toxins. Kaunch beej helps to improve the immune response. It stimulates the production of antibodies that bind to the proteins in the snake venom. They inhibit the proteins in the snake venom. Thus, Kaunch beej has anti-snake venom activity[1].

Q. Is Kaunch beej powder useful to grow beard?

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Yes, Kaunch beej powder is useful to facilitate the growth of beard. This is because it helps to convert testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. DHT is the primary hormone that stimulates facial hair follicle for rapid growth of beard. Secondly, Kaunch beej boost testosterone level. So more the testosterone, the more conversion of DHT. Lastly, Kaunch beej also has a role in activating androgen receptors. This ensures that DHT is utilized more efficiently. Together, it helps improve the growth of beard[7-10].

Q. Does Kaunch beej powder increase testosterone level?

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Modern Science View
Kaunch beej might help improve the level of testosterone due to the presence of L-dopa. L-DOPA stimulates secretion of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), which ultimately activates the pituitary gland to secrete FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone). This increase in the level of FSH and LH increases synthesis of testosterone by Leydig cells of the testis[11][12].

Q. Can Kaunch beej reduce stress?

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Stress increases the secretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) which in turn increases the cortisol levels (stress hormone) in the body. Kaunch beej reduces the level of cortisol and helps to reduce stress and stress-related problems due to its antioxidant property[11].

Q. Can Kaunch beej improve energy levels?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Kaunch beej might help improve energy levels due to the presence of L-dopa in it. L-dopa gets converted to dopamine which helps elevate energy levels in the body[11].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Kaunch beej helps in boosting energy and improve stamina because of its Guru (heavy) and Vrishya (aphrodisiac) properties. Kaunch beej powder also helps improve libido which is due to low energy level.

Q. Can I take Kaunch beej to gain weight?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, you can take Kaunch beej to gain weight. This is due to its Guru (heavy) and Balya (strength provider) properties.

Tip:
1. Take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon Kaunch beej powder.
2. Mix with milk and have it once or twice a day.

Q. Does Kaunch beej help in wound healing?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Kaunch beej helps in wound healing. It has good antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. The phytoconstituents in Kaunch beej help in wound contraction and closure. It helps in the formation of collagen and new skin cells. It also reduces the risk of infection in the wound. Thus, Kaunch beej promotes wound healing[6].

Q. Can Kaunch beej be used directly on the skin?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
It is advisable to consult a doctor before applying Kaunch beej powder on the skin. Also, avoid the direct skin contact of the shell of Kaunch beej as it can cause itching and a burning sensation. This is due to its Ushna (hot) potency.

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