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Botanical name: Convolvulus Pluricaulis

Shankpushpi– Summary

Primarily used as a brain tonic and memory booster, Shankpushpi is a very popular Ayurvedic medicine for years. The term shankhpushpi was led to the plant considering to its shankh or conch-shaped flowers. This Ayurvedic remedy helps in improving brain concentration, learning capabilities, mental exhaustion, insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression,etc.

The general discipline of Ayurveda promotes shankhpushpi in a variety of rasayanas or preparations and sacred scripture by the Sanskrit names Shyamakranta, Visnukranta, Vaishnava, Sankhaholi, Vishnugandhi, Vishnukranti, Shankavall, Vishnukrantha, Krishnaenkranti, Nilashankhapushpi, Ksheerpushpi, Laghuvishnukranta, Erravishnukaraantha.

About Shankpushpi

  • It is also known by the name as shankhahuli and shankhavali in India. You may often notice it written as shankhpushpi. It is also called ‘speed wheel’ in English.
  • Shankhpushpi is even used as a vegetable in some parts of India.This herb helps to soothe the nervous system. It also provides relief in the symptoms related to vertigo like headache, anxiety, stress, and brain issues.

Shankpushpiand Doshas

  • The Ayurvedic possessions of Shankhpushpi are acrimonious, unctuous, damp, cool and sweet. It is a brain stimulant. It appeasesVata, Pitta and Kapha.
  • Shankhapushpi is very effective in case when the 3 doshasworsen, particularly when Pitta is surplus. Shankhpushpi is used in various formulations.

Shankpushpi - Health Benefits

  • It enhances memory and intelligence.
  • Shankhpushpi is arasayana herb, which rejuvenates mind and body, leaves an anti-aging effect, nurture salldhatus (bodily tissues), and advances life expectancy.
  • It reinforces the brain and the nervous system.
  • As it is found to strengthen the brain, it is sometimes used for a range of ailments like mania, epilepsy, and stupor.
  • It is helpful in encouraging sleep.
  • It promotes hair growth.
  • It is helpful for various skin disorders.
  • It improves appetite and helps indigestion.
  • It is helpful in releasing unnecessary abdominal gas.
  • It is also useful for hemorrhoids or piles.
  • It acts as a laxative.
  • It is good for the heart and acts as a cardiac tonic.
  • It has blood-clotting properties and is helpful in rakta pitta or bleeding disorders. Rakta pitta is a bleeding disorder where bleeding occurs due to an aggravated Pitta dosha.
  • It eradicates unwarranted mucus from the body.
  • It serves as a diuretic.
  • It is an aphrodisiac.
  • It is effective in the treatment of STIs like syphilis.
  • It fortifies the uterus and is sometimes used for assisting conception.
  • It is very effective in treating fever.

Scientific Studies About Shankpushpi           

  • A study on shankhapushpyadighanavati (which contains shankhpushpi as an ingredient) showed that shankhpushpi is also useful in managing high blood pressure. 
  • Shankhpushpi has anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) activity. 

Dharmsala Teas with Shankpushpi



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