Kapikacchu (aka Atma Gupta) is a large bean-sized seed that is most well known for its use in rejuvenating the nervous system, muscles and reproductive tissue. Overall this Ayurvedic herb is considered a rejuvenating tonic (rasayana) as it strengthens the muscles, promotes energy and increases the sexual potency (libido). It is one of the best options in any sexual disorder including impotence, premature ejaculation and low libido. It enhances fertility and the root was traditionally taken for those wishing to conceive a male prodigy. More recently Kapikacchu has been praised for its ability to increase levels of levodopa (l-dopa), a powerful precursor to dopamine, making this a great option for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, depression or addiction issues.
Kapikacchu can be taken in a powdered herbal formula and is often taken with ghee and honey to increase its rejuvenative properties. When infused in a medicated ghee, the potency increases even further as the extraction into a lipid form allows for better absorption. Kapikacchu is a powerful Vata-pacifier and can be used in most disorders involving high Vata. Due to its heating potency, it must be used with caution if there is high Pitta and should typically be avoided by those with high Kapha or high toxins in the system due to its heavy, oily qualities. **Pitta and Kapha types can use Kapikacchu if it is administered in a balanced formula to reduce the aggravating properties.
If you are taking Kapikacchu for its ability to increase dopamine levels in the brain, then it is further recommended to take this herb along side Gokshura, as the MAO-inhibiting activity of Gokshura will enhance the efficiency of the l-dopa in Kapikacchu. Therefore, if you are taking this herb to treat any nervous system disorder, Parkinson’s disease, addiction issues, low libido or depression, it will be essential to take these two in sequence; making the Majja Ghrita and Rasayana Ghee highly effective in these disorders.
Health Benefits of Kapikacchu
- Treats most nervous system disorders
- Naturally increases dopamine levels in the body
- Treats Parkinson’s Disease
- Boosts mood, alleviates depression
- Aids in treating addiction issues (food, drug, alcohol, etc)
- Increases strength and energy
- Increases testosterone levels
- Treats sexual dysfunction such as low libido, premature ejaculation and impotence
- Increase fertility in both men and women
- Useful in paralysis
- Useful in insomnia and other sleep disorders
- Anti-spasmodic and carminative; treats gas, cramping and bloating
- Useful in both diarrhea and constipation
- Bronchial dilator; useful in asthma, wheezing and shortness of breath
- Rejuvenative, specifically for the muscles, reproductive system and nervous system
- Treats most Vata Vikara (diseases of Vata)
- Tightens the vaginal muscles after delivery or otherwise (use externally, see below)
- Promotes menstruation and is useful in amenorrhea and hypoamenorrhea
- Increases the intellect, memory, focus and concentration
- Kills parasites (hairs on the seed specifically)
How to Use Kapikacchu
1. For Muscle Rejuvenation:
Combine Kapikacchu, Ashwagandha and Bala in equal parts and take 1/2 tsp, three times daily to increase the strength, mass and overall rejuvenation of muscles. Take this either in 1/2 cup of warm water; for added rejuvenation benefits add 1/2 tsp of ghee and 1/2 tsp of honey.
Alternatively, you can take 1 tsp of Rasayana Ghrita (rejuvenation ghee) mixed with 1 tsp of honey, once in the morning (first thing) and again between 2-4pm.
2. For Low Libido and Infertility:
For men: Combine Ashwagandha, Gokshura and Kapikacchu in equal parts and take with 1/2 tsp of melted ghee, 2-3 times daily before meals.
For Women: Combine Shatavari, Gokshura and Kapikacchu in equal parts and take with 1/2 tsp of melted ghee, 2-3 times daily before meals.
For both men and women: Take 1 tsp of Rasayana Ghrita (rejuvenation ghee) mixed with 1 tsp of honey, once in the morning (first thing) and again between 2-4pm. For low libido, premature ejaculation, impotence or vaginal dryness, Rasayana Ghrita can also be applied locally, 3-7 days a week depending on the severity.
3. For Parkinson’s Disease, Addiction, Depression, Vata Imbalances and Nervous System Disorders:
Combine Kapikacchu, Shankapushpi, Ashwagandha and Gokshura in equal parts and take 1/2 tsp, three times daily after meals. Mix this in 1/2 cup of warm water and add 1/2 tsp of ghee (let it melt before drinking).
Alternatively, you can take 1 tsp of Majja Ghrita, twice daily; once in the morning (first thing) and again between 2-4pm. Melt the ghee in hot water before taking. For extreme cases, take three times daily.
4. For Asthma:
Take 1/4 tsp of Kapikacchu with 1/4 tsp of Trikatu Churna, three times daily for chronic asthmatic issues. Mix in 1/2 cup of warm water and take after meals. Otherwise take the same dosage as needed during acute attacks.
5. For Amenorrhea or Scanty Menstruation:
Combine Shatavari, Vidari and Kapikacchu in equal parts and take with 1/2 tsp of ghee, 2-3 times daily before meals.
Alternatively, you can take 1 tsp of Rasayana Ghrita melted in 1/2 cup of warm water, once in the morning (first thing) and again between 2-4pm.
6. For tightening the vaginal muscles after delivery:
Make a decoction of Kapikacchu, Shatavari, Gokshura and Bala by adding 1 Tbsp of each to 4 cups of water. Boil the water, then turn the heat to a simmer and add the herbs. Cover, leaving only a small crack to allow slow evaporation. Once the infusion has simmered down to 2 cups, strain the herbs out using a cheese cloth or paper towel. Let the infusion cool, then take a tampon and soak this in the decoction. Place the soaked tampon into the vagina and leave in for 30 minutes. Do this 3-7 days a week depending on the severity. **The extra decoction can be placed in an airtight jar and kept in the fridge for reuse; however, make sure to warm it up slightly before application.
Alternatively or simultaneously, one can massage the Rasayana Ghrita onto the inner vaginal areas each night before bed. As an added bonus, one can do the “kegel” exercises after application. This will help the absorption of the medicated ghee by increasing blood flow with the local exercises.
I’ve heard that, as per Ayurvedic tradition and practices, you shouldn’t mix equal parts of ghee and honey as that combination acts more like a poison. However, here on your site, you do suggest doing just that. Any thoughts please? Thanks! BTW: I love your site. It’s quite resourceful and I do visit it whenever I want some information, knowledge about a herb, a practice or cross-check something I’ve read elsewhere. So a big THANK YOU for putting this up 🙂
Thank you for your question and kind words! I am happy you have found the site useful:) As for the ghee and honey, this is an extremely common question that I have received many times before. You are correct that equal amounts of ghee and honey are considered poisonous to the system as per the essential ancient Ayurvedic texts. However, this vital rule is referring to equal portions by weight, not volume. Since honey weighs much more than ghee, equal amounts by volume would undoubtably be of different weight. If you ever are adding in more ghee compared to honey however, it would be important to weigh them to make sure the weight is not equal. Thanks again for this great question!
For the point “Combine Ashwagandha, Gokshura and Kapikacchu in equal parts and take with 1/2 tsp of melted ghee, 2-3 times daily before meals.”
How should this be applied to when taken in Capsule form ? 1 each ? half each ?
Thank you for your question. Unfortunately I am not familiar with working with capsules, as I have been taught that the powdered forms are more digestible and therefore more effective in treatment. Many capsules have different amounts in each, depending on the company, etc. It would be best to use the powdered herbs to ensure an equal and appropriate amount is being taken. This way they will blend with the ghee as well, which is used to drive the herbs deeper into the nervous system.
I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions!
Mam, I want to use kapikacchu to have good sleep and mind orientation but I’m having potta qualities I.e feeling warmth after consuming ginger etc. But I want to use kapikacchu. Pls let me know how I can use it by combining it with shatavari and vidari ? I’m 39yrs old female nd menstruating regularly.
Thank you for your great question! This issue is very common since herbs can be great for healing your specific disorder, yet simultaneously wreak havok in other areas (such as increasing your dosha). If kappikachu is too heating for your Pitta, there are a few ways to work around it. Blending it with more cooling herbs is a great start! For this Shatavari, Vidari, and Yesthimadhura (licorice) are all very effective and go well with this herb. You can also use a cooling anupan to take the herb(s) in such as organic aloe vera juice, ghee, or milk.
If you try these options and your Pitta still becomes provoked, you may want to switch to a more Pitta-pleasing herb that will still promote good sleep and balanced mind. I really enjoy Shankpushpi and Jatamansi for this!
I hope this helps to bring some relief to your sleep and your Pitta:) Please let me know if you have any further questions!
Thnq very much mam for fast reply. Pls let me know the proportion of adding shatavari and vidari in kapikacchu and general dosage every day. I’m 40yrs female menstruating regularly.
You can blend an even amount of these three herbs together and store them in a jar. From this blend, you can take 1 teaspoon each night in 1/2 to 1 cup of warm milk. If you are not able to drink milk, almond milk can be used as a replacement. A small amount of maple syrup or organic cane sugar can be added if desired. You should take this within 30 minutes before going to bed.
Dear man, recently I got the information that L-Dopa in kapikacchu may increase chances of skin cancer and worsen glaucoma if any there. From then onwards I’m afraid to take it. But kapikacchu even small dose like 1.5grams gave me Excellent result. Pls clarify my doubt.
One formula which is available for improving male virility is 1 part of mucuna seeds , 1 part of ashvaganda, 1 part of white muesli and 1 part of shataveri. would you suggest we add gokshura to this mixture?
This formula sounds good, but you can definitely add Gokshura to the blend. Gokshura is beneficial for male vitality and virility, and it will help to make the Kapikacchu more effective in the body (and mind).
I hope this finds you well!
Thank you for responding to my question. I added Gokshura as well in equal proportion.. How should this powder be consumed? with warm milk was what was advised in general. Is there a substitute. You have mentioned Ghee will work as well. I recently got some rasayana ghrita from your site, can I mix this powder with it?…
Also, when taken as a rejuvenative, should it be consumed after a meal or prior?
If you are taking this powdered formula for general rejuvenation, you can consume it in warm milk, warm almond milk, or in ghee (or ghee and hot water). You can mix it with the Rasayana Ghrita, rather than the plain ghee. If desired, you can mix the ghee with honey as well. This is not necessary, but the blend of honey and ghee is very good in promoting rejuvenation and energy.
You can can take this blend before meals if you are focusing on male virility. If your focus is general rejuvenation however, I would recommend to take it first thing each morning on an empty stomach and again midday (2pm to 3pm). If you are not able to take the second dose midday, you can instead take it before bed.