Shankhapushpi is a very famous Ayurvedic medicine used to improve memory, intelligence etc. It is also used in other conditions like vomiting and toxic conditions.
Botanical Name- Convolvulus pluricaulis Chois (Convolvulus microphyllus Sied. Ex. Spring)
Family- Convolvulaceae – Trivrit Kula
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Convolvulus pluricaulis Medicinal Properties
Rasa (taste)- Tikta (bitter)
Guna (qualities) – Snigdha (unctuous, oily), Picchila (sticky)
Vipaka-madhura – undergoes sweet taste conversion after digestion
Veerya – Sheeta – coolant in nature. As per Bhavamishra – Ushna (hot potency)
Prabhava – Special effect – Medhya – improves intelligence.
Effect on Tridosha
Balances Pitta and Kapha.
Part used, Dosage
Whole plant, root, seeds, ash (alkali).
Paste 1-2 g
water decoction (Kashayam / infusion) – 50-100 ml in divided quantity per day,
Kshara (alkali preparation) 250 mg – 2 g in divided dose per day.
Shankhapushpi capsule – 1 capsule once or twice a day, before or after food as advised by doctor.
Medhya – Paste of Shankhapushpi improves memory and intelligence
Rasayanam – anti ageing, improves life expectancy, longevity
Kasajit – useful in cough, cold
Visha – useful in toxic conditions, natural detoxification
Apasmara – useful in epilepsy
Unmada, Bhuta – useful in psychiatric disorders
Chardihara – useful in vomiting
Sara – promotes movement of liquids in natural path, useful in constipation
Vrushya – acts as aphrodisiac
Manasarogahrut – useful in mental disorders, depression
Smrutiprada – improves memory. Hence useful in Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and in students seeking memory improvement.
Kantida – improves skin complexion and quality of the skin
Balada – improves strength
Agnida – improves digestion power
Kushta – useful in skin diseases
Krimi – useful in intestinal worm infestation
Anidra – useful in insomnia, induces sleep
It improves hair quality and promotes hair growth
Useful in high BP (hypertension) and hematemesis (blood vomiting)
Because it enhances mood, relieves anxiety and and acts as aphrodisiac, it is quite useful in treating sexual disorders in men.
It has mild diuretic action. Hence used in relieving fluid retention.
It is used in treating migraine and tension headaches
Leaves – are used in treating asthma and bronchitis.
Its leaves and flowers are used in treating high blood pressure.
Use as rejuvenator
Shankpuspi for anti ageing purpose
As per Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana 1.3, regular intake of 2 – 3 grams of paste of Shankhapushpi is explained as an excellent brain tonic and rejuvinator – Medhya Rasayana.
Use in pregnancy, lactation, children
Usage of Shankapuspi in pregnancy, lactation, children-
During pregnancy, take this only if your doctor prescribes, for the prescribed amount of time.
It is quite safe to use in lactating mother.
It is safe to use in children above 3 years of age, in smaller doses.
Use for de-addiction
Does Dabur Shankhpushpi helpful in recovering from addiction?
Though it is not directly indicated as a De-addiction medicine. It helps to treat shivering, confusion, memory problems, depression and anxiety that are associated with the process of De-addiction.
Can Shankapushpi be used to recover from addiction?
Because it decreases blood pressure, people with low BP should exercise precaution.
People on treatment for hypertension should consult their doctor before taking this herb.
Interaction with medicines, supplements
Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.
Can this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.
With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.
Patanjali Divya Shankhpushpi Churna – manufactured by Patanjali Ayurved Limited.
Shankhava, Shankhapushpi – flower resembles the shape of a conch, white coloured flower, like conch
Supushpi – Flowers are beautiful
bhulaghna – Sankhupushpi plant grows on ground
Ksheerapushpi – has white coloured flower
Mangala Kusuma – auspicious
Hindi Name- Sankhahul, Shankhahuli
Telugu Name- Sankhapuspi
Marathi Name- Sankhvel
Gujarati Name- Sankhavali
English name – English speedwheel
Urdu name – Sankali
Sodhala enumerated white and blue flowered varieties of Sankhapuspi. The blue variety is Vishnukranta(Evolvulus alsinoides Linn.)
Perennial prostate herb
Root – Tap root, branched
Stem – Prostate, aerial, herbaceous, weak, branched, cylindrical, hairy, and green
Leaf – Simple, alternate, sub- sessile, exstipulate, oblong lanceolate, with unicostate reticulate venation
Inflorescence – Dichasial cyme
Flowers Pedicellate, light purplish colour
Fruit – capsule
Seed – Endospermic
Useful part – Whole herb
Major chemical constituents
Sankhapushpine, B- sitosterol, Kaempferol, N- hexacosanol, Hydroxy Cinnamic acid, etc.
(Reference: Illustrated Dravyaguna VIjnana, Vol. II, by Dr JLN Shastry)
Sankhupushpi is one among the controversial drugs.
Sankha means conch, Puspi mean flower. Different plants having conch shaped flowers are being used as Sankhapuspi in different regions.
1. Convolvulus pluricaulis chois Convolvulaceae
2. Evolvlulus alsinoides Linn. Convolvulaceae
3. Canscora diffusa R.Br. Gentianaceae
4. Clitoria ternatea Linn Papilionaceae
5. Lavendula bipinnata Okze Lamiaceae
It is found distributed across India especially in Gujarat, Goa, Rajasthan, Bihar etc