Shankhapushpi – Convolvulus pluricaulis – Benefits, Dose, Side Effects

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

Vernacular names

Hindi Name- Sankhahul, Shankhahuli
Telugu Name- Sankhapuspi
Marathi Name- Sankhvel
Gujarati Name- Sankhavali
English name – English speedwheel
Urdu name – Sankali

Sanskrit synonyms

Shankhava, Shankhapushpi – flower resembles the shape of a conch, white coloured flower, like conch
Ksheerapushpi – has white coloured flower
Mangala Kusuma – auspicious

Varieties

Sodhala enumerated white and blue flowered varieties of Sankhapuspi. The blue variety is Vishnukranta(Evolvulus alsinoides Linn.)

Major chemical constituents

Sankhapushpine, B- sitosterol, Kaempferol, N- hexacosanol, Hydroxy Cinnamic acid,  etc.
(Reference: Illustrated Dravyaguna VIjnana, Vol. II, by Dr JLN Shastry)

Distribution

It is found distributed across India especially in Gujarat, Goa, Rajasthan, Bihar etc

Medicinal properties

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, Dosage

Whole plant, root, seeds, ash (alkali).
Shankhapushpi Dosage-
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.

Sanskrit verse

Convolvulus pluricaulis benefits

Medhya – Paste of Shankhapushpi improves memory and intelligence
Rasayanam – anti ageing, improves life expectancy, longevity
Kasajit – useful in cough, cold
Visha – useful in toxic conditions, natural detoxification
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 of the skin
Balada – improves strength
Agnida – improves digestion power
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 (hypertension) and hematemesis (blood vomiting)
Because it enhances mood, relieves anxiety and and acts as aphrodisiac, it is quite useful in treating sexual disorders in 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.

Use as rejuvenator

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 rejuvinator – Medhya Rasayana.

Use in pregnancy, lactation, children

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. 

Use for de-addiction

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.

Research

Medicinal importance
Experimental study on effect on brain

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.

Interaction with medicines, supplements

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

Can this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.

Ayurvedic medicines

Ayurvedic medicine with Shankhapushpi ingredient:
Shankhpushpi oil 
Saraswata Choornam
Brahmi Vati
Manasamitra Vatakam
Chopchinyadi Churna

Manufacturer:
Patanjali Divya Shankhpushpi Churna – manufactured by Patanjali Ayurved Limited.

64 thoughts on “Shankhapushpi – Convolvulus pluricaulis – Benefits, Dose, Side Effects”

    • Hi Khalid, thanks for asking this question. I updated this information in the article.
      Within India, Baidyanath manufactures Shankphapushpi capsule – dose is 1 capsule once or twice a day before or after food or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
      Outside India, Gopala Ayurveda sells Shankhapushpi powder.
      Dr Wadke, Nature’s formulary, and Swanson have Shankhapushpi capsule.

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    • They do not interact in a bad way, so can be taken. They in combination would increase sleep time.

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  1. Is it ok to take this in capsule form? Reason I’m asking is that you’ve mentioned many a times that it is best to “taste” the medicine as that has important effect on our constitution. If we take the powder, how much should be taken? Also, could you specify which company in India is good for powder form of this herb?

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  2. Wow, this sounds like a wonder drug with so many uses! Can this be taken as a tonic specially for 40+ people ?

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  3. Dear Dr : Sankhpushpi is also available in market in syrup form, will this give satisfactory results ? How often it can be taken ?

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    • Though I have not used it in my patients, I have heard very good reviews about it.
      It is a good product. Dose for children – 1 teaspoon at night, after food.
      Dose for adults – 1 – 2 teaspoons once or twice a day, after food.

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  4. Tengo un hijo con autismo. El está tomando Shankapuspi y Vacha con miel. Es esto bueno para él?

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    • querido Jorge Enrique Galindo, Sí, es bueno para él. Además, mejorará su memoria, la concentración, potencia la comprensión y las habilidades del aparato locomotor.
      También sugiero que incluya un poco de manteca en su dieta. que mejorará aún más el efecto de Shankhapushpi. Sólo la mitad de una cucharilla, junto con su comida (en estado caliente) es bueno tener, todos los días.

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  5. Dr.local(hubli)ayurvedic shop people are telling that there is no single drug capsule of shankhapushpi.is it true?They are saying that baidyanth has brain tab which has other medicines along with shankhapushpi and also they say that they have shankhapushpi tab of naranarayan co.

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    • If taken along with antihypertensive drug, the dose needs to be monitored (of the antihypertensive and also of Shankhapushpi) because, Shankhapushpi can lower the BP. I have not come across the dryness of mouth issue with any of my patients using this herb.

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  6. very very informative. I am already using this item in liquid. Now for the first time I have heard that this is also in capsules available and have noted for procurement. I use this as due to my age I am losing memory. This now I have come to know that it also decreases blood pressure.

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  7. Hi, how safe is it to take the leaves of shanka pushpi along with brahmin leaves. How many leaves in a day is safe for adolescents and 40 plus. How long can it be taken
    Thanks

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    • Just one leaf of each herb, can be made into a paste with honey and can be had once a day, in the morning, 10 minutes before food.

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      • Thank you doctor, I was thinking of taking the syrup. but not sure about the duration and doctor can this be taken a year long or for a certain period of time every year

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  8. I bought shankhpushpi syrup of Baidyanath. How much should i take it & how many times ?? should it be taken with water ???

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  9. Hi,

    I bought Dabur Shankh Pushpi Syrup for my children. I have two question on this please suggest me.
    1. My son is 8yrs old and he is a CP(Cerebral Palsy) child. Is this syrup is advisable for him?
    2. My daughter is 10yrs old and she is having urological issue of weaken bladder. She is under treatment for the same. Is she can take this syrup?

    Also let me know the dosage can be given.

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  10. Excellent information you have provided about Shankapushpi. Your suggestions are very useful doctor. You are quoting do’s and don’ts accurately in Ayurvedic medicines. Very valuable guidance indeed.

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  11. My brother-in-law is brain operated patient, twice he got operated due to high BP, now he is totally bed ridden, no any body movenment, his hands & legs have become little bit stiff, health wise he is quite normal & eye sight has become little bit dim. Now, we are giving him Shankapushpi syrup of baidyanath, whether this will improve his eye sight & mental distrubance with any improvement in body movements.( like.hands & legs)

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    • Hi, Shankhapushpi alone cannot improve your brother’s condition, though it would improve his memory and concentration and impart other benefits as explained in the article. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.

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  12. Dear doctor
    Thanks for giving valuable information to us.
    Sir, my questions are
    1 why shankpushpi duration of intake two month why not more?
    2 what is impact of shankhpushpi and ashwghandha on hair fall.
    Please give me suggestion

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    • Dear sir, There is no mention of the duration being 2 months but as we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. So the drugs are to be taken under guidance from a ayurvedic doctor.

      Shankhapuspi and Ashwagandha both are used as a mental tonic and both help in stimulating the nervous system and skeletal system.

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  13. Sir can you give any information about Shankhapushpyarista; such as ingredients or manufacturer etc.?

    Thanks a lot Sir.

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    • There is no information about Shankhapushpyarishta but many ayurvedic companies like Patanjali,Dabur etc are manufacturing Shankhapushpi syrup.

      The main ingredients being Shankhapushpi and Bramhi , both help in enhancing memory and used as a brain tonic.

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  14. Root – collect it. Wash it with hot water thoroughly to get rid of mud. dry under shade. powder it.

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  15. My son is 12 yr age, having lower retention memory ( having learning disability). I should give him sankhapuspi or bramhi or both to improve memory.

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    • Hello Sir, Here are some remedies to improve memory:
      1. Soak 5 to 10 almonds in water overnight.The next morning, peel the skin and grind the almonds.Boil this paste with one glass of milk.Add some sugar or honey for taste.Drink it daily for 30 or 40 days.
      2. Intake of Amla Juice everyday
      3. Consume one to two teaspoons of juice extracted from brahmi leaves two or three times a day. You can also add a little honey.

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  16. my son is 18 years lern in 12 th science , his 10 th std marks is 94% but he is upset in 12 th study please suggest which shankpushpi give t0 them-

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  17. Dear Madam, eating leaves is not useful. Try to grow and consume Gotu Kola leaves. it is very easy to grow and you can use 4 – 5 leaves just as coriander leaves in diet.

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  18. It depends on the type of disease. As a general supplement, 1 gram of both the powder, with milk can be given at night for 2 months time.

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  19. Sir, in vitiated vata conditions like anxiety, palpatations and insomnia. is sankhapushpi syrup suitable with out consulting doctor ?

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  20. 1. My mother, 77yrs old, has high Bp. Can we give her shankhapuspi ?
    2. We have shankhapuspi flower grown in our house. How are we to consume it ?

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  21. Hi sir ,my sister is 22 yeras old n she is having concerntration problem……..but she usualy suffer from cold time to time…..in such condition shankhpuspi syrup is preferable????

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  22. I want to give Shanka Pushpi to my son for memory improvement. He is currently taking a medicine (Levetiracetam) for epilepsy. Is it safe to give them together with no side effects?
    Thanks

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  23. Sir, you mentioned shankpushpi reduces pitta and kapha. If it cant cure vata dosha how it can resolve mental instabilities, stress? , same applies to gotu kola.

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    • Because, mental instabilities and stress are equally related with Pitta, especially, Sadhaka type of Pitta.

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    • Hi, sorry. It is safe during pregnancy. But any health issues, if happens during pregnancy, often herbal supplements are blamed first. Hence the precaution.

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  24. She is too young for online advice. If she is naturally intelligent, no need of this syrup. Please consult a local Ayurveda doctor directly.

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  25. hello doctor,
    Am katheeja.my son is 3 years 3 months old he is not talking and not understanding anything till nw.he is not calling mom or dad and not pointing anything too..And also from his 1 year onwards we giving him food by force feeding only he doesn’t touch any foods or snacks.eventhough he do not eye conduct with us.please suggest me any medicine for his speech and understanding.

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  26. hi, Shankpushpi capsule – 1 capsule 3 times a day after food can be given along with allopathic medicines for 3 months time.

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  27. Hi Dr Hebbar,
    is Shankpushpi combinable with Kaishora Guggulu (3×3/d)? I want to take S. in summer, because I cant take Hypericum 900 mg against depression in Summer (I am living in Europe) because of the dermal hypersensitivity to sun and ask me, if it would be good, to take Shankpushpi, for example for 3 month. I have problems with concentration, strength and coordination as well (4 years ago tetraplegie and 4 narcosis -2 about 5 hours- in 4 weeks). I have an Angiomatosis / diffuse Gorham Stout syndrome with spinal involvement and compications. And what are you thinking about arjuna to stabilise the angiomatous vessel walls and not let them going in cysts? Sometimes I have elevated D-Dimers as well and tend to bleed (low coagulation/clotting).
    What are you thinking about that? Or is it better not to take it, because of GSD, that is not known well in interaction with that plants?
    Thanx,
    Frida

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