Shankhapushpi is a very famous Ayurvedic medicine used to improve memory, intelligence etc. It is also used in other conditions like vomiting and toxic conditions.
Botanical Name- Convolvulus pluricaulis Chois (Convolvulus microphyllus Sied. Ex. Spring)
Family- Convolvulaceae – Trivrit Kula
Hindi Name- Sankhahul, Shankhahuli
Telugu Name- Sankhapuspi
Marathi Name- Sankhvel
Gujarati Name- Sankhavali
English name – English speedwheel
Urdu name – Sankali
Shankhava, Shankhapushpi – flower resembles the shape of a conch, white coloured flower, like conch
Ksheerapushpi – has white coloured flower
Mangala Kusuma – auspicious
Different varieties – Sodhala enumerated white and blue flowered varieties of Sankhapuspi. The blue variety is Vishnukarnta(Evolvulus alsinoides Linn.)
Distribution- It is found distributed across India especially in Gujarat, Goa, Rajasthan, Bihar etc
Major chemical constituents
Sankhapushpine, B- sitosterol, Kaempferol, N- hexacosanol, Hydroxy Cinnamic acid, etc.
(Reference: Illustrated Dravyaguna VIjnana, Vol. II, by Dr JLN Shastry)
Convolvulus pluricaulis Medicinal Properties
Rasa (taste)- Tikta (bitter)
Guna (qualities) – Snigdha (unctuous, oily), Picchila (sticky)
Vipaka-madhura – undergoes sweet taste conversion after digestion
Veerya – Sheeta – coolant in nature. As per Bhavamishra – Ushna (hot potency)
Prabhava – Special effect – Medhya – improves intelligence.
Effect on Tridosha – balances Pitta and Kapha.
Part used- Whole plant, root, seeds, ash (alkali).
Paste 1-2 g
water decoction (Kashayam / infusion) – 50-100 ml in divided quantity per day,
Kshara (alkali preparation) 250 mg – 2 g in divided dose per day.
Shankhapushpi capsule – 1 capsule once or twice a day, before or after food as advised by doctor.
Medhya – Paste of Shankhapushpi improves memory and intelligence
Rasayanam – anti aging, improves life expectancy, longevity
Kasajit – useful in cough, cold
Visha – useful in toxic conditions, natural detoxifier
Apasmara – useful in epilepsy
Unmada, Bhuta – useful in psychiatric disorders
Chardihara – useful in vomiting
Sara – promotes movement of liquids in natural path, useful in constipation
Vrushya – acts as aphrodisiac
Manasarogahrut – useful in mental disorders, depression
Smrutiprada – improves memory. Hence useful in Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and in students seeking memory improvement.
Kantida – improves skin complexion and quality
Balada – improves strength
Agnida – improves digestion strength
Kushta – useful in skin diseases
Krimi – useful in intestinal worm infestation
Anidra – useful in insomnia, induces sleep
It improves hair quality and promotes hair growth
Useful in high BP and hematemesis (blood vomiting)
Because it enhances mood, relieves anxiety and and acts as aphrodisiac, it is quite useful in treating sexual disorders of men.
It has mild diuretic action. Hence used in relieving fluid retention.
It is used in treating migraine and tension headaches
Leaves – are used in treating asthma and bronchitis.
Its leaves and flowers are used in treating high blood pressure.
Shankpuspi for anti ageing purpose:
As per Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana 1.3, regular intake of 2 – 3 grams of paste of Shankhapushpi is explained as an excellent brain tonic and rejuvnator – Medhya Rasayana.
Usage of Shankapuspi in pregnancy, lactation, children-
During pregnancy, take this only if your doctor prescribes, for the prescribed amount of time.
It is quite safe to use in lactating mother.
It is safe to use in children above 3 years of age, in smaller doses.
Experimental study on effect on brain
Shankhapushpi side effects –
Because it decreases blood pressure, people with low BP should exercise precaution.
People on treatment for hypertension should consult their doctor before taking this herb.
Does Dabur Shankhpushpi helpful in recovering from addiction?
Though it is not directly indicated as a de-addiction medicine. It helps to treat shivering, confusion, memory problems, depression and anxiety that are associated with the process of de-addiction.