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Sankhapushpi – Convolvulus Pluricaulis

Sankhapushpi – Convolvulus Pluricaulis

Sankhapushpi, commonly known as speed wheel is one of the most readily available herbs in India. The name Sankhapushpi is obtained because of the bell shaped flowers of the plant. The word Convolvulus means twining and the word pluricaulis means many stems. It is one of most widely used herb in Rejuvenative therapy and is used for promoting memory and intelligence.

 

Dr. Gupta’s Institute of Applied Food and Allergy have been studying on readily available herbs for the purpose of alleviating allergic condition. Our experts have conducted studies on Sankhapushpi and proven the plant’s therapeutic activities like Antiviral, Hemostatic, Aphrodisiac, Anthelmintic and Antiallergic actions etc. Theplant can be used in various diseases like Insanity, Allergic conditions, worm infestations, ulcers etc.  The methanolic extract of the plant have antioxidant properties. The aqueous extract of the plant is found to have neuroprotective effects. Our experts have successfully proven that the chloroform fraction of total ethanolic extract of the plant have antidepressant actions.

Action of Sankhapushpi – Convolvulus pluricaulisin Allergies

IAFA experts have successfully proven the antiallergic property of the plant Sankhapushpi. The plant contains phytoconstituents like Maltose, Rhamnose, Glacial acetic acid, Scopoletin, B-sitosterol, Tropane alkaloids, Kaemferol, Convoline,Convolidine, Convolvine, Confoline, Convosine andtetratriacontanoic acidetc. These phytoconstituents aids the antiallergic and antiviral property of Sankhapushpi. It can be used effectively in allergies in form of decoction.

Vernacular Names and Classification

Botanical nameConvolvulus pluricaulis
FamilyConvolvulaceae
Native Names             
Sanskrit NameSankhapushpi, Supushpi, Bhulagna
Hindi NameShankhahuli
English NameSpeed wheel
Malayalam NameVishnukranthi
Kannada NameShankhavali
Marathi NameSankhavali

Ayurveda Reference of Sankhapushpi – Convolvulus pluricaulis

Morphology of Sankhapushpi – Convolvulus pluricaulis

  • Perennial prostate herb
  • Branched taproot system present
  • Stem is prostate, aerial, hairy
  • Leaves are simple, alternate
  • Inflorescence is dichasial cyme
  • Flowers are pedicellate, regular

Geographical Distribution of Sankhapushpi – Convolvulus pluricaulis

It is a cosmopolitan plant. Found everywhere in country especially in Gujarat.

Phytoconstituents of Sankhapushpi – Convolvulus pluricaulis

The plant contains phytoconstituents like Maltose, Rhamnose, Glacial acetic acid, Scopoletin, B-sitosterol, Tropane alkaloids, Kaemferol, Convoline, Convolidine, Convolvine, Confoline, Convosine and tetratriacontanoic acid.

Parts used of Sankhapushpi – Convolvulus pluricaulis

  • Whole plant

Dosage of Sankhapushpi – Convolvulus pluricaulis

  1. Juice (Swarasa) – 10-20 ml
  2. Decoction ( kwatha) – 50-100 ml
  3. Paste (Kalka) – 1-3 g

Medicinal Properties of Sankhapushpi – Convolvulus pluricaulis

  • Medhya – Promotes intelligence
  • Vrishya – aphrodisiac
  • Rasayana – Rejuvanative
  • Twakrogahara – relieves diseases of skin
  • Jwarahara – relieves fever
  • Varnya – promote skin complexion
  • Kushtaghna – relieves infectious skin diseases
  • Chardighna – useful in vomiting

Home Remedies of Sankhapushpi – Convolvulus pluricaulis

Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine popular in India. The treatment system adopted by Ayurveda is purely based on naturally available herbs. Sankhapushpi is one of the most widely used herb. Due to its high medicinal value it is used in treating many diseases like,

  1. In Insanity (unmada) – Old ghee processed with juice of Brahmi and paste of Sankhapushpi is efficacious in alleviating insanity
  2. In Epilepsy (Apasmara) – Old ghee processed with powder of vaca and paste of Sankhapushpi is useful in treating Epilepsy.
  3. In promoting intelligence (medhya) – Ghee processed with juice of Sankhapushpi if used regularly will increase intelligence
  4. In promoting memory (smrithivardhaka) – daily usage of Sankhapushpi in different forms like Decoction, Ghee, Juice will increase memory capacity.
  5. In skin diseases (kushta) – Bathing in Decoction prepared from leaves of the plant will alleviate skin diseases
  6. In worm infestations (Krimiroga) – oral intake of Decoction prepared from leaves of the plant at a dose of 60 ml will relieve worm infestations
  7. Promotion of strength (Balya) – regular usage of Sankhapushpi will increase strength.
  8. In Fever (Jwara) – Sankhapushpi is taken, crushed and made into a decoction. It is taken to cure fever.

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

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