Pichurim Beans are the fruit of the Faba Pichurim, a native of South America; and of which there are two varieties, known under the names of the Greater and Lesser Pichurim Beans, The pods of the latter contain a gross oil, which is obtained by bruising and submitting them to the action of a press. The former, when reduced to powder, yield an essential oil by distillation.

These beans possess considerable astringent properties, and were formerly employed, in doses of ten grains reduced to powder, in diarrhoeas and dysenteries.