The devil’s bean which is scientifically known as Mucuna pruriens, commonly known as velvet bean, karara (hausa), weyleypey (Igala), agbara (Igbo), werepe (Yoruba) is so named because its notorious spiky-stinging hairs on the mature pods which when readily dislodge, causes severe skin irritation to the skin or eyes. One way or the other, if you ever come in contact with this plant, you might have received and spoken the language of aliens. The medicinal importance of this specie derives from many of its active components, including (physostigmine) among others, which are able to cure human suffering from difficult illnesses.
Proximate analysis shows substantial amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, chromium, copper, potassium, which attribute to its carminative, hypotensive, analgesic, antispasmodic, anti inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti oxidants, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and blood boosting properties.
A review of this plant shows that the leaves and seeds are used in the treatment of anaemia, constipation, dysmenorrhoea, amenorrhoea, elephantiasis, dropsy, inflammations, infertility, neuropathy, ulcers, fevers and general debility.
Infact, some of the health benefits of this plant is highly recognized, instead of running next time, just stay strong and get some for yourself because remember the old good adage "nothing good comes easy" .
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