Medicinal use of Aparajita Herb

Aparajita (Clitoria ternatea) is perennial twining climber which common all over the tropical parts of India. This medicinal herb has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and memory improving properties. In Ayurveda it is considered as 'Medhya drug' or one that improves mental abilities, intellect and works on nervous system.

In South India Aparajita tree is used as Shankhapushpi. Its use improves learning and memory.

The safe dosage of Clitoria ternatea is root powder (1-3g), seed powder (1-3 g) and leaf powder (2-5 g).

General Information


Latin: Clitoria ternatea Linn
Family: Papilionaceae; Fabaceae.
Sanskrit: Girikarnikaa, Kokilaa,Yonipushpaa, Vishnukraantaa
Hindi: Aparajita, Koyal
English: Butterfly Pea, Winged-leaved, Clitoria, Mezereon
Bengali: Aparajita
Guajarati: Garnee
Malayalam: Shankhpushpam
Marathi: Gokarnee
Oriya: Aparajita
Punjabi: Aparajita
Kannada: Girikarniballi
Tamil: Kakkanam
Telugu: Dintena, Sankupushpam
Unani: Mezereon

Here are few remedies that can be done at home using Aparajita herb or Clitoria  to cure various ailments.

  • Chronic bronchitis

    Mix root juice in milk and drink.
  • Nerving tonic, Improving memory, brain function

    Drink its root juice with honey.
  • Migraine, chronic head ache

    Wash to clean roots of herb. Then extract its juice by crushing and adding water. Put few drops (4) in each nostril to get relief from headache.
  • Recurrent fever

    Prepare decoction of its root (1-2 teaspoon) and drink twice a day for few days.
  • Chronic cough

    Take its herbs root, black pepper (2-3), tulsi leaves (7) in a glass of water. Cook till volume reduces to half. Filter and drink for few days.
  • Tonsillitis

    Boil herbs leaves with guava leases. Use this for gargling.
  • Abdominal pain, coughing

    Prepare powder of its seed. Take this powder twice a day with water.
  • Hydrocele

    Prepare paste of its seeds with water and apply on affected part in form of poultice.
  • Uterus Prolapse, Uterus or Vaginal Infection

    Boil leaves of herb with chingeri grass. Add some alum and wash affected area.
  • Heavy Periods, Frequent Periods, Over Bleeding, Raktapradar

    Wash and clean leaves of herb. Now crush and extract juice in mortar and pestle. Drink this leaves juice with misri and water for few days.
  • Sujak, Hydrocele, Gonorrhoea

    Boil its leaves in water and use this water to wash affected areas.
  • Filariasis or Elephantiasis (Elephant Leg)

    Preapare a powder by mixing its root and seed powder. Take this powder (1 tbsp) with water.
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