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Common Name: Shankhpushpi
Sanskrit Name: Mangalya kusuma
Latin Name: Convolvulus pluricaulis Chois.
Part Used: The whole plant is used in Ayurvedic system of medicine.
Effect on Dosha: Pacifies Tridoshas especially In Vata and Pitta dominating disorders.

Origin of Herbs:

A perennial herb with prostrate branches and small elliptic to oblong, lanceolate, obtuse, mucronate leaves, flowers mostly solitary in upper axils. Corolla blue rotate and broad funnel shaped, capsule globose'.

Healing options:   

It contains Glycosides, Coumarins, Flavonoids, Alkaloids (Shankha pushpine is believed to be the principle active ingredient) 

Actions :Rasa:Tikta (Bitter) Guna:Pichchilla (Slimmy),Snigdha (Unctous) Virya:Shita (Cold) Vipaka;Madhura (Sweet)

  • 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.

  • The root is used by the santals, for intermittent childhood fever.

  • The leaves are made into cigarettes and smoked in chronic bronchitis and asthma.

  • The plant is useful in internal haemorrhages.

  • The oil promotes the growth of hair. Decoction was given in cases of malarial fever'. Evolvulus abinoides has got antidysenteric and antiseptic properties".

  • It is used as a Rasayan.

  • 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 psychostimulant 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.


(Clinical studies done in Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha)

The clinical and experimental studies on the Kamya Rasayana and Naimittika Rasayana have put forth singnificant Medhya Rasayana effect of Sankhapuspi as could be seen by its barbiturate hyponosis potentiation effect and anti-hyponosis potentiation effect and anti-hypertensive effects.


Decoction of the drug, with Ocimum sanctum is administered in fevers accompanied by indigestion or diarrhoea.

Ayurvedic Supplements that contains Shankhpushpi :

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Shankhpushpi Syrup
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