- Botanical Name: Convolvulus pluricaulis
- Family Name – Convolvulaceae
- Common Name – Shaknhpushpi
- Part Used – Panchanga(all five components of plant)
- Product Offered – Panchanga(all five components of plant)
Ayurvedic Pharmacodynamic properties:
- Rasa- Katu (pungent), and Kashya (astringent)
- Guna – Guru(heavy),Sara(unstable),Snigdha(oily),Pichchila (stiky)
- Virya- Ushna (hot)*
- Vipaka- Madhura (sweet)
- Doshakarma – Tridoshahara (alleviate all the three Dosha)
Benefits Shankhpushpi Herb:
Shankhapushpi or Convolvulus pluricaulis is an indigenous plant commonly mentioned in Ayurveda.
An ancient system of Indian medicine, as a rasayana which is mainly advocated for use in mental stimulation and rejuvenation therapy.
- Shankhapushpi or Convolvulus pluricaulis is an indigenous plant commonly mentioned in Ayurveda.
- An ancient system of Indian medicine, as a rasayana which is mainly advocated for use in mental stimulation and rejuvenation therapy.
- Little human research has been published in the Western medical literature regarding this plant.
- One study shows Shankhapushpi to have anti-ulcer effects due to augmentation of mucosal defensive factors like mucin secretion and glycoprotein’s.
- Another study showed that Shankhapushpi may be helpful in improving symptoms of hyperthyroidism by reducing the activity of a liver enzyme.
- The whole herb is used medicinally in the form of decoction with cumin and milk in fever, nervous debility, loss of memory, also in syphilis, and scrofula.
- Shankhapushpi is used as a brain tonic.
- It is used as a tonic, alterative and febrifuge.
- It is a sovereign remedy in bowel complaints especially dysentery.
- The plant is reported to be a prominent memory improving drug.
- It is used as a psycho stimulant and tranquilizer.
- It is reported to reduce mental tension.
- The ethanolic extract of the plant reduces total serum cholesterol, triglycerides, phospholipids and nonesterfied fatty-acid.
Shankhapushpi is used traditionally to treat nervous debility, insomnia, fatigue, low energy level. Shankhapushpi is used as a brain tonic.
There is a pertinent reference in Ayurvedic literature about the use of the drug as brain tonic in hypotensive syndromes. The pharmacological studies of the herb have shown varying degree of its hypotensive and tranquilizing effects.
Clinical studies have exhibited demonstrable beneficial effects in the patients of anxiety neurosis. The herb induces a feeling of calm and peace, good sleep and a relief in anxiety, stresses, mental fatigue, producing a significant reduction in the level of anxiety, neuroticism arising due to various levels of stresses.
The herb appears to produce its action by modulation of neuro-chemistry of the brain. Further, the herb is non-toxic and its use does not produce any side effects. On the other hand, there is invigorating effect in improvement of health and weight gain.
Ayurvedic classics namely Charak, Sushrita, Astang Sangrah and Astang Harida provide ample reference for management of various diseases. According to Ayurvedic concept, Rasayan therapy simultaneously effects the body and mind and brings about physical and psychic improvement. This therapy prevents the effects, ageing, develops intelligence and increases the body resistance against diseases.
There is an imperative need for in-depth scientific investigations on the specific ideology of medicines and the procedure of Rasayan Chikitsa discussed in Ayurveda.
The World Health Organisation has laid down that “”Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely absence of disease or infirmity””. Rasayana drug in Ayurveda may be equated with modern immunomodulator drugs since they possess similar properties and perform similar functions.
A twining perennial herb, Convolvulus pluricaulis occurs in the plains of Northern Indian and Bihar. The whole plant is one of the most important Medha Rasayana drugs in Ayurveda. Its use improves the balance and vitiation in Kapha-vata-pitta doshas and the herb is astringent and bitter.
Chemical studies of whole plant have shown the presence of glycosides, coumarins, flavonoids and alkaloids. Shankha pushpine, (the alkaloid) has been identified as active principle. B. sitosterol glycoside, Hydroxy Cinnamic acid, Octacosanol tetracosane alongwith glucose, sucrose also have been isolated from the plant drugs.