Shankhapushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) Medicinal Usage, Health Benefits

Shankhpushpi botanical name is Convolvulus pluricaulis, it is a perennial medicinal herb. This plant is found throughout India, ascending to 2000 m in the Himalayas. Shankhpushpi is a brain tonic that effectively treats nervine disorders, mental aberration, anxiety neurosis, internal haemorrhages, spermatorrhoea and numerous other diseases. It has astringent, antidysenteric, antispasmodic, antiphlogistic, febrifuge, and alterative properties.

Shankhpushpi plant Botanical details

  • Botanical name: Convolvulus pluricaulis Choisy, Synonym: C. microphyllus Sieb.;C. prostratus Forsk.
  • Family: Convolvulaceae
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Order: Solanales
  • Family: Gentianaceae
  • Genus: Convolvulus
  • Species: MIcrophyllus

Common Names of Shankhpushpi

  • Ayurvedic: Shankhapushpi, Shankhaahvaa, Kshirapushpi, Maangalya Kusuma (whiteflowered). Blue flowered var., Vishnukraanti, Vishnukraantaa
  • Unani: Sankhaahuli (blue-flowered)
  • Siddha/Tamil: Sivakraandi (whiteflowered), Vishnukraandi (blueflowered).
  • SANSKRIT: Laghuvishnukranta, Nail Pusher, Nilasankhapuspi, Sankhapuspi, Convolvulus pluricaulis, Vaishnava, Vishnugandhi, Vishnukranthi, Vishnukranthi, Vishnukanta
  • HINDI: Shankhpushpi, Shyamakranta, Syamakranta, Vishnukanta, Shankhpushpi, Phooli, Shankaveli, Shankhpushpi, Shnkhahuli
  • ENGLISH: English speedwheel
  • URDU: Sankhali
  • BENGALI: Barabhutra
  • KANNADA: Vishnukranthi, Vishnukranthi, Visnukranti, Convolvulus pluricaulis
  • MALAYALAM: Krsna kranti, Vishnukranthi, Vishnukranthi, Vishnukranthi, Visnuklanti, Visnukranti, Vishnu clandi
  • MARATHI: Shankavall, Vishnukranthi, Shankhavali, Vishnukanta, Samkvel
  • ORIYA: Krishna-enkranti
  • TAMIL: Vishnu kanthi, Visnukiranti, Vittunukkiranti, Vittunumuli, Aparaci, Piracetam, Vishnukranthi, Vishnukranthi, Vishnukranthi
  • TELUGU: Vishnukranthi, Vishnukranthi, Vishnukranthi, Visnukrantamu, Vishnukranthi, Erravishnukaraantha
  • TIBETAN: Khalsa pus syi (d), Sa nkhapu spa Shankhpushpi or Convolvulus pluricaulis

Know other plants know as Shankhpushpi

In Ayurveda there are various medicinal drugs which are useful in improving memory, learning, concentration, intelligence and brain function. In such medicine certain medicinal herbs are used that are known for nootropic effect. Shankhpushpi is one such medicinal herb. It is mainly used for treating brain related disorders such as anxiety, stress, loss of memory/dementia, mental fatigue, insomnia/sleeplessness, low IQ and similar brain problems.

Mainly there are four different plant species that are identified to be used as Shankhpushpi. These are listed below.

  1. Evolvulous alsinoides. Linn.
  2. Convolvulus pluricaulis. Choisy
  3. Clitorea ternatea. Linn
  4. Canscora decussate. Schultz

For preparing medicines to cure brain problems, memory loss etc. different pharmacies use different plant species. For example, Himalaya Mentat contains Evolvulus alsinoides, Patanjali Diyva Medhavati contains Convolvulus pluricaulis, and Brainokan (Kangra Herbs) contains Convolvulus pluricaulis.

Shankhapushpi Dosage Information

Shankhpushpi is a nootropic drug of Ayurveda. Nootropics are psychotropic drugs which have facilitatory effect on integrative functions of the CNS/central nervous system, intellectual performance, learning capability and memory. Shankhpushpi is useful in improving memory, intelligence, mood and behaviour. It is used alone or in combination of other medicinal herbs. Here is given dosage of such few Ayurvedic medicine.

  1. Fresh Juice of whole Shankhpushpi plant: 20-30 ml twice a day.
  2. Dried powder of whole Shankhpushpi plant: 3-6 grams twice a day.
  3. Shankhpushpi sharbat: 15-20 ml twice/thrice a day.
  4. Brahmi rasayan: 1 teaspoonful twice a day.
  5. Medhya rasayan: 5-10 grams twice a day.
  6. Saraswatarishta: 15-30 ml with equal quantity of water
  7. Shankhpushpi Taila/oil: for External use only. Apply on affected areas.

Shankhpushpi Medicinal Usage

  • For improving memory, brain power and Shankhpushpi for treating mental fatigue
    Take Shankhpushpi powder (3 to 6 grams) with milk every morning.
  • Enhancing intellect in kids
    Take Shankhpushpi powder (2 to 4 grams) with Sweet Flag/bach powder (1 gm).
  • Treating Epilepsy, excessive menstruation
    Take Shankhpushpi juice 2 ml with honey.
  • Treating hysteria, delirium and epilepsy
    Mix powders of Shankhpushpi, Sweet flag/bach and Brahmi in equal quantities. Take 3 gm of this powder twice a day.
  • Headache
    Take Shankhpushpi powder (1 grams), Black Henbane/Hyoscyamus niger 250 milligrams with hot water.
  • Bed wetting
    Prepare powder by mixing Shankhpushpi powder (2 grams) and black sesame/kale til (1 gram). Take this powder with milk.
  • High blood pressure
    Take fresh juice of Shankhpushpi 10-20 ml every morning and evening for some days.
  • Diabetes
    Take Shankhpushpi powder (5 grams) or Shankhpushpi juice (10-15 ml).
  • Vomiting
    Take Shankhpushpi juice 2 tsp, black pepper powder and mix in honey. Take frequently.
  • Skin problems, and reducing wrinkles
    Take Shankhpushpi powder (2 to 4 grams) with honey/misri.

Shankhpushpi Sharbat for healthy Brain

Shankhpushpi Sharbat is herbal preparation. It is a brain tonic and useful in curing various problems related to brain such as poor memory, mental fatigue, insomnia etc. For preparing Shankhpushpi Sharbat, herbs Shankhpushpi (125 gm) and brahmi (30 gm) are soaked in three litre water at night. Next morning this is cooked till one litre water get evaporated. Then it is filtered and five kilogram sugar, preservative and colour is added to get Shankhpushpi Sharbat.

Shankhpushpi Sharbat is manufactured by various Ayurvedic pharmacies. Some pharmacies add brahmi, Ashwagandha, Shatavari etc to make it more effective.

Ingredients of Shankhpushpi Sharbat

Shankhpushpi, Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Shatavari

Uses of Shankhpushpi Sharbat

  1. Brain tonic
  2. Stress, anxiety, tension, stress
  3. Insomnia/sleeplessness
  4. Weak memory/forgetfulness, Dementia, poor concentration
  5. Headache due to mental work
  6. Epilepsy, mania, hysteria, nervous debility

Dosage of Shankhpushpi Sharbat

Mix 10-20 ml of Shankhpushpi Sharbat with sufficient amount of water and drink twice a day.

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