Medicinal Uses of Shankpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis)

Updated on April 15, 2019
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What is Convolvulus pluricaulis?

Convolvulus pluricaulis is a perennial herb that can grow well without much care. In India, it is also known as Shankhpushpi or Shankhpushpam, and it is used as a medicinal plant. In some countries, it is grown as an ornamental plant. Its leaves are elliptical and obtuse, and the fruits are pods resembling thin peas. The flowers are a vivid, deep-blue colour. White flowers are also available. In Sanskrit it is known as Sankhapushpi which means “the plant with flowers shaped like a conch." Evolvulus alsinoides, Convolvulus pluricaulis, Canscora decussata, and Clitorea ternatea are also referred as Shankhupushpi in India.

Shankhpushpi is sometime mistaken as Clitoria ternatea. When I had written this article originally in 2010 I too had made the same mistake and I have updated this article with the new information available now.

Vernacular names of Convolvulus pluricaulis Chosy

Hindi: Shankhapushpi,

Sanskrit: Shankpushpi

Telugu: Shankhapushpi

Kannada: Bilikanthisoppu,

Malayalam: Shankupushpam

Tamil: Sanghupushpam

Bengali: Sankhapuspi

Marathi: Shankhavall, Shankhavalli, Shankvel etc.

Medicinal Uses of Shankhpushpi

Shankhpushpi is an indigenous plant used in Ayurveda, an ancient system of Indian medicine. It is non-toxic and does not have any side effects. The whole plant is used for medicinal purposes. It is twining perennial herb, mostly grown in the northern part of India and in Burma.

Plants other than Convolvulus pluricaulis are used as sources of drug in different parts of the country, and Evolvulus alsinoides Linn. (EA, Convulvulaceae) is also used as Shankhpushpi by some practitioners. Other plants e.g. Clitorea ternatea Linn. (CT, Papilionaceae) and Canscora decussata Schult. (CD, Gentianaceae) are also used as Shankhpushpi by some practitioners.

Several scientific studies have been carried out on Shankhpushpi and have been published in esteemed journals.

Various studies have been carried out to know the medicinal benefits of Shankhpushpi in India, and the results have been published in the Indian Journal of Medical Science, 2000, and the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 1992 (ref:

Consult Your Doctor

Before taking any home remedies or supplements, or before starting a new health regime, please consult your physician.


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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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      20 months ago

      Wow... Such a great imformation.. I used this flower to prepare blue mojito. Good thing, I learned a lot.

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      21 months ago

      Thanks for the information. Since more information is available now I have made the necessary corrections. .

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      21 months ago

      This is not visnukiranthi.visnukiranthi is a small plant, it also has little blue colour in flower.wrong visnukiranthi alasal in youtube.

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      2 years ago

      Thank you for pointing it out. I have made the necessary changes.

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      Gurcharan Singh 

      2 years ago

      Like many on the internet you also seemed to mixed up Clitoria ternatea (correctly Aparjita) and Convolvulus pluricaulis (Shankhpushpi) simply because both often have same common name, because former has mouth looking like shankh and latter long tube like shankh. It is latter which is used in traditional medicine, is a creeping herb and not climber like former, they belong to two different plant families.

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      Lt Col(Retd) Rameshwar Naik 

      2 years ago

      In this article, in some cases Flowers are same as Aparajita and Shankh Pushpi and its applications

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      Noemi Bataga 

      3 years ago

      I am propagating this plant now to be shared to those who are interested and have been taking it as tea in the morning and evening and as cold drink during the day. Thanks to its healing wonders.

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      4 years ago

      Thanks for that information. It will be helpful to many of the readers.

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      Sanjay Sharma 

      4 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      It is also used to turn white hair black. Thanks for sharing the information.

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thank you teaches for stopping by. Yes, it is really a very useful herb.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      What a very useful herb. I had not heard of it before and thank you for the education.

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thank you for reading the hub and adding that information.

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      5 years ago from Tumkur

      It is also said that the root extract of this plant is useful in treating Diabetes.


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