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Aparajita – Clitorea ternatea

Aparajita – Clitorea ternatea

Aparajita is one of the most potent herb used in various treatment purposes. The plant is commonly known as Butterfly pea. The name Aparajita itself means that the plant can cure many diseases and it cannot be defeated by any of the diseases. It is considered as a sacred plant and is regarded as a plant related to Lord Vishnu according to Hindu mythology. The flowers of the plant resembles clitoris and hence given the genus name.

 

Institute of Applied food Allergy guided by Dr.Gupta, have been studying on readily available herbs for the purpose of alleviating allergic condition. Our experts studied on Aparajita and proven the plant’s therapeutic activities like Intellect promoter, Laxative, Ophthalmic, Stimulant, Carminative, Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory actions etc. Aparajita can be used in various diseases like Goitre, oedema, Skin disorders, Digestive disorders etc.  The leaves if the plant contains methanolic extracts. Our experts have successfully proven the antinociceptive action these methanolic extracts. The antinociceptive activity of the extracts may be mediated at both central and peripheral level.

Action of Aparajita – Clitorea ternatea in Allergies

IAFA experts have successfully proven the antiallergic property of the plant Aparajita. The plant contains phytoconstituents like taraxerol, taraxerone, aparajitin, beta sitosterol, kaempferol. These phytoconstituents aids the antiallergic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory property of Aparajita. It can be effectively used to alleviate skin allergic conditions.

Vernacular names and Classification

Botanical nameClitorea ternatea
FamilyPapilionaceae
Native Names             
Sanskrit NameAparajita, Girikarnika, Vishnukrantha
Hindi NameAparajita
English NameButterflypea
Malayalam NameShankhapushpam
Kannada NameShankhapushpa
Marathi NameGokurna

Ayurveda Reference of Aparajita – Clitorea ternatea

Morphology of Aparajita – Clitorea ternatea

  • Slender vine or climber
  • Roots are branched and nodulated
  • Stems are slender
  • Leaves are compound, imparipinnate
  • Inflorescence is axillary cymose
  • Fruits are pod

Geographical distribution of Aparajita – Clitorea ternatea

Aparajita grows very commonly in South India, especially Karnataka, Kerala and Andhrapradesh.

Phytoconstituents of Aparajita – Clitorea ternatea

The plant contains phytoconstituents like taraxerol, taraxerone, aparajitin, beta sitosterol, kaempferol.

Parts Used of Aparajita – Clitorea ternatea

  • Root
  • Seed

Dosage of Aparajita – Clitorea ternatea

  • Powder (churna)- 3-6 g

Medicinal Properties of Aparajita – Clitorea ternatea

  • Medhya – promotes intellect
  • Sulahara – relieves pain
  • Sophahara – relieves swelling
  • Swasahara – relieves asthma
  • Dipana – carminative
  • Jwaraghna – useful in fever
  • Pacana – digestant
  • Vishaghna – useful in poisoning

Home Remedies of Aparajita – Clitorea ternatea

Ayurveda is not only a treatment system but also a lifestyle. The treatment system adopted by Ayurveda is purely based on naturally available herbs. Aparajita is one of the most widely used herb. Due to its high medicinal value it is used in treating many diseases like,

  1. In Swelling (Sopha) – Warm paste of Aparajita with water is applied over the area of swelling.
  2. In Sula (Pain) – Parts of Aparajita is collected, crushed and made into a decoction which is effective in pacifying pain.
  3. In Goitre (Galganda) – Paste prepared from roots of Aparajitashould administered in early morning
  4. In Oedema (Sotha) – Paste prepared from root of Aparajita is applied for alleviating oedema.
  5. As a carminative (Deepana) – Aparajitais powdered and taken before food. It can act as a carminative.
  6. In Fever (Jwara) – Decoction made of Aparajita is taken to cure fever.
  7. As Digestant (Pacana) – Decoction of Aparajita is taken at a dose of 60ml per day after food.
  8. In memory related troubles (Smritinasa) – Daily intake of Aparajita improves memory capacity.

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

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