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Shankhapushpi: Convolvulus pluricaulis

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Shankhapushpi Powder 2 oz

Shankhapushpi Powder 4 oz

Shankhapushpi Powder 1/2 Lb

Shankhapushpi Powder 1 Lb

Shankhapushpi Capsules 60capsules

Ayurvedic supplement to improve memory and intellect
Improves voice
Rejuvenates the body
A dietary supplement for glowing skin.
Relaxes restless mind and improve quality of sleep
Natural remedy for insanity and emotional instability

Common Name:
Bindweed/ aloe weed (Eng.)

Sanskrit Name:

  • Shankhapushpi- Means ‘the plant with flowers shaped like a conch’. The conch or Shankha is one of Lord Shiva’s sacred instruments often used in ritual worship.
  • Ksheerpushpi- Means its flowers are white as milk
  • Mangalyakusuma- Means viewing its flower is believed to be divine and blessing

Lt. Name:
Convolvulus pluricaulis- Convolvulaceae

Bio energetics:

  • Rasa (Taste)- Tikta (Bitter)
  • Guna (Characteristics)- Snigdha (Unctuous); Pichchila (Slimy)
  • Veerya (Potency)- Sheeta (Cool and calm)
  • Vipaka (Post digestion effect)- Madhura (Sweet)
  • Prabhava (Specific action that cannot be explained on logical parameters)-Medhya (Nervine rejuvenator)

Effect of Shankhapushpi Powder on Tridoshas:

Convolvulus pluricaulis Powder pacifies all the three Doshas but specially the Vata and Pitta i.e. it is useful in management of diseases having their either of the Dosha in general and Vata and Pitta in specific.

Therapeutic Uses of Shankhapushpi Powder in Ayurveda:

  • Medhya- Charaka has recommended Shankhapushpi as one of the best Medhya Rasayan. Medhya Rasayanas are the Ayurvedic supplements which improve memory and intellect.
  • Swarakarini- It is one of the best natural supplement to improve voice.
  • Grahabhootadi doshaghni- Convolvulus pluricaulis Powder calms down the restless mind. It is the best Ayurvedic remedy for psychological disorders
  • Rasayani- These are the natural supplements which nourish the whole body; Convolvulus pluricaulis Powder is among the best Ayurvedic herbs for rejuvenation.
  • Kantida- Convolvulus pluricaulis Powder enhances the aura of body and gives it a healthy look; a dietary supplement for glowing skin.
  • Majjadhatu rasayana- As per Ayurveda; Majja Dhatu is the tissue structure residing with in the bones; it include the bone marrow as well as the nervous system. Convolvulus pluricaulis Powder is specially recommended for rejuvenation for the bone marrow and nervous system.
  • Unmadaghna- Convolvulus pluricaulis Powder alleviates insanity and emotional instability
  • Vrishya- It is an aphrodisiac Ayurvedic herb.
  • Pachanbala- As per Ayurveda; there are two brains in our body; one resides in our head and second in our digestive system. Convolvulus pluricaulis Powder calms down and supports both the brains. It is a good supplement for digestive health.
  • Nidrajanana- Convolvulus pluricaulis Powder is a natural remedy for sleeplessness.

Besides this, Convolvulus pluricaulis improves digestion, prevents water retention, borborygmus and constipation. It is specifically beneficial where digestion is upset because of nervousness and anxiety.

Research done on Shankhapushpi Powder:

  • The study was conducted to evaluate the potential anti-ulcerogenic effect of juice of fresh whole plants of C. pluricaulis (CPJ) against various experimental gastric ulcer models induced by ethanol, aspirin, 2 hr cold restraint stress and 4 hr pyloric ligation in rats. The drug was given orally twice daily for five days in the doses of 375 and 750 mg/kg body weight. CPJ showed anti-ulcerogenic effect at both doses in all the experimental gastric ulcer models and was comparable to the reference drug sucralfate (250 mg/kg). Gastric juice secretion and mucosal studies were undertaken to find out the possible mechanism of action of antiulcer effect by studying its effects both on offensive and defensive mucosal factors. The antiulcerogenic effect of CPJ was found to be due to augmentation of mucosal defensive factors like mucin secretion, lifespan of mucosal cells and glycoprotiens rather than on the offensive factors like acid-pepsin.
  • According to pharmaceutical study Convolvulus pluricaulis acts strongly on some of the liver enzymes and helps in improving symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
  • A chemical composition containing Ethanol formula, which is extracted from Convolvulus pluricaulis,helps in reducing total serum cholesterol, phospholipids and some types of fatty acids from our body which are considered harmful.

Useful part of Shankhapushpi:

Whole plant

Doses of Shankhapushpi:

Powder- 2-4 gm; Paste- 10-20 gm

Some combinations of Shankhapushpi Powder in Ayurveda:

Medhya kashaya, Shankhapushpi panaka

Best Recommended Uses of Shankhapushpi Powder in Ayurveda:

  • Charaka considered Shankhapushpi as the best rejuvenator for brain and general health.
  • Juice of Convolvulus pluricaulis taken with Kushth (Saussurea lappa) and honey is very effective in management of insanity and emotional disturbance. (Chakradutta)
  • Its astringency is useful for stopping bleeding in the intestines, urinary and reproductive system. Its affinity for the deeper tissues and Shukra Dhatu, is used to promote fertility in men and women.(Bhava Prakasha Nighantu)

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