A Study on Role of Kapikacchu (Mucuna pruriens) in Management of Parkinson's Disease

Sanjay Dhruve, Gurdip Singh


Kapikcchu (Mucuna pruriens) has been reported to have L-dopa, which is nowadays prescribed for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, hence seeds of Kapikacchu were selected to evaluate its role in the management of Parkinson's disease (Kampavata). Powder of its seeds was administered in the dose of 6 gm thrice a day with water for 45 days. The results of this study showed that Kapikcchu (Mucuna pruriens) provided significant relief in signs and symptoms of the disease and clinical parameters. It significantly corrected the movement disorders of the patients. After the treatment 50% patients got marked improvement, 37.5% improvement and 12.5% patients remained stable.  

Keywords: Parkinson’s disease, Kampavata, Kapikacchu, Mucuna pruriens

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