Shankha pushpi - usage, application and health benefits


Aprajita or Sankhupushpam*, botanical name Clitoria ternatea L. (CT) (Family: Fabaceae) commonly known as 'Butterfly pea' is largely treasured as a revitalizing herb used by Ayurvedic medical practitioners for almost 3000 years. 

The herb has been mentioned in several Ayurvedic treatises including Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita. In addition to being a well-known antibacterial & anti inflammatory herb for centuries, it has also been used as an antidiabetic, antipyretic, analgesic, and antiemetic agent.

It's a controversial drug. Several Sanskrit synonyms of this herb are shared by other herbs also. Shankhapushpi is identified with Clitoria ternatea L .by scholars of south India Whereas eastern India, it is often considered as Canscora alata (Roth) Wall. 

Herb - Shankhapushpi

Many scholars accept the true identity of Sankhapushpi as Convolvulus prostratus Forssk.evolvulas alsinoides (L.) Lavandula bipinnata (Roth) kuntze also has shankhapushpi as a synonym.

Ayurvedic Action

Rasa (Taste)Katu, Thiktha, kasaya
Virya (Energy)Cooling
Vipak (Post-digestive effect)Katu
Guna (Quality)Light , Tikshna
Doshic EffectBalance v-p-K

Health benefits

Poor Memory

Shankhpushpi improves memory and concentration levels due to its Medhya (improves intelligence) property.

Insomnia

Shankhpushpi helps to manage stress and insomnia by relaxing the mind due to its Vata balancing and Medhya properties. Certain components present in Shankhpushpi calms the brain and helps relieve stress. Due to this, it may act as a tranquilizer and may be useful in managing insomnia.

Epilepsy

Shankhpushpi helps to lower the risk of epilepsy and other mental disorders due to its Medhya and Rasayana properties. It acts on the central nervous system and may be useful in managing epilepsy.

Indigestion and Constipation

Shankhpushpi improves digestion and manages gastrointestinal disorders such as constipation, piles dyspepsia because of its mild laxative nature.

ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)

 Medhya (improves intelligence) property of  shankhpushpi improves concentration and attention span in children suffering from ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Shankhpushpi is known to improve memory and acts as a best brain booster.

Hair growth

Applying Shankhpushpi oil on the scalp and hair helps control hair fall and also promotes hair growth due to its rejuvenating property.

Dosage and side effects (only after consultation with an ayurvedic doctor).

Part used - Root bark, Root, Seed
Shankhpushpi Oil - 2-5 drops.

Shankhpushpi Paste - ½-1 teaspoon.

Generally there are no side effects of this herb.

This herb is considered safe for pregnant women, and lactating women.

Shankhapushpi effectively strengthens the uterus and prevents miscarriages. 

References

  1. https://ijapsa.com/published-papers/volume-2/issue-4/scientific-basis-for-the-therapeutic-use-of-clitoria-ternatea-linn-aprajita-a-review.pdf
  2. Dravya online .com by AVP coimbatore.


 


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