Medicinal Uses of Shankpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis)
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.
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, Shyamakranta, Vishnukranta, Shannkhavalli, Shankhahuli etc.
Telugu: Vishnukarandi, Erravishnukarantha, Vishnukranti etc.
Kannada: Vishnukarandi, Vishnukranti, etc.,
Malayalama: Krishnakranti, Vishnukranthi etc.,
Tamil: Vishnu Kanthi, Vishnukranti, Vishnukkiranti etc.
Marathi: Shankhavall, Shankhavalli, Shankvel etc.
Australia - Butterfly pea
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.
- They have antibacterial property against E.coli, K.pneumonia, P.aeruginossa.
- Shankhpushpi is used for improving memory, mental power and treating mental fatigue.
- Induces calm and peace and relieves stress and anxiety
- Enhance memory power in the children.
- Used in the treatment of female reproductive disorders such as recurrent miscarriages. .
- Powder of the roots are used for treating whooping cough.
- The extract from the roots of the herb is used as an antidote in treating poisonous bites of insects or of snakes.
- For treating epilepsy and excessive menstruation, 2 ml of Shankhpushpi juice with honey is given.
- Alleviates swelling and pain.
- Juice of Shankhpushpi is used as nasal drops in headaches.
- Used for treating delirium and hysteria.
- Used in thyroid disorders.
- Roots of the plant are used for treating leucoderma.
- Paste of the whole plant is effectively used for treating piles.
- Also used in children for treating bed wetting.
- Also used for treating high blood pressure.
- One study also showed that Shankhpushpi has anti-ulcer effect.
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: http://www.raysahelian.com/shankhapushpi.html).
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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