This article is written by Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD.
Astanga sangraha Textbook appreciates Vishnukranthi herb in the context of Parinama Shookla – duodenal ulcer. Botanical name – Evolvulus alsinoides Linn.
Vishnukranthi Root is rich in alkaloids.
Part used: Whole plant.
Hindi name – Shankhapushpi or Shanklhavali. Not to be confused with Shankhapushpi (Convolus pluricaulis) or Aparajita (Clitorea ternatea). Even though few similarities are found in action and uses of these drugs, Vishnukranta is unique in few aspects.
It is also called Neela shankhapushpi
Vishnukranta plants are found in large amount in Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP and Maharashtra.
In Himalayan ranges these are found with sufficiently larger roots and it is said to be the main habitat of this plant.
The roots are sweet mixed bitter in taste and undergo sweet kind of bio transformation (Madhura vipaka).
The plant is cold in potency (Sheeta veerya) and possesses Rasayana – anti aging, rejuvenation and Medhya (memory enhancing) properties.
Ayurveda proclaims its potent effect with respect to the diseases like Apasmara (epilepsy), Unmada (mania), Anidra (insomnia), Bhrama (vertigo), Visha (poisoning) etc.
Few Vishnukranta remedies:
Fine powder of root in sleeplessness and stress related disorders:
Shade dried roots are collected and fine powder is made. This is taken in the dose of 1-2 gram once or twice a day, preferably at night along with a teaspoon of ghee. This helps to induce good sleep, relieve the stress and to calm down the mind.
Fresh leaf juice in haematemesis (blood vomiting) and bleeding disorders:
The freshly collected leaves are crushed well and juice is obtained. To 5-10 ml of this juice, 5 grams of red sugar candy is added and administered. If required, a teaspoon of each of ghee and sugar candy are added, made into semisolid paste and administered. This helps to relieve haemetemesis , bleeding disorders, nasal bleeding etc.
Hot or cold infusion in pyorrhea and dysuria:
Whole plant is taken and coarse powder is made. This is made into cold or hot infusion (a tablespoon is added to half a cup of hot or cold water, Kept for sometime, macerated and filtered). This is taken 3-4 times a day. It helps to relieve the complaints like pyorrhea , haematuria, dysuriaetc.
For memory loss, to improve the intellect and to promote the digestive fire-medicated ghee of Vishnukranta:
Fresh plants are taken and fine paste is made. To this 4 parts of ghee and 16 parts of cow’s milk and 1/64 part of long pepper are added and ghee is processed. This medicated ghee is effective in memory loss, to improve the intellect, to promote the digestive fire and to check the chronic gastric irritation.
Fresh leaf juice/whole plant for ulcers and gastric irritation:
Fresh leaf or whole plant juice is mixed with sweet buttermilk and administered in empty stomach (little cumin seeds are also added, on powdering). This is very effective in ulcers and gastric irritation.
Today we are in need of safe and effective drugs to act on the mind and hence to get significant benefit while treating several psychological disorders. As the scientists are seeking such molecules from herbal sector, if innovative works are carried out, surely the society will get effective derivatives from the drugs like Shankhapushpi, Brahmi, Vishnukranta etc. Instead of wasting millions together amount on synthetic molecules it may be wise if we evaluate and validate the age old classical herbs for their classical indications.
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