Shankhpushpi is a perennial herb known to possess therapeutic benefits. This plant, also known as Convolvulus pluricaulis, is found in Indian and Chinese medicines to cure various diseases. Most parts of this herb – flowers, roots, seeds, fruits – are used for medicinal purposes. The herb is astringent and bitter.
Shankhpushpi is widely used in Ayurveda and is known to have many health benefits.
Health Benefits Of Shankhpushpi
1. Shankhpushpi For Memory
Primarily, this herb is used as a brain tonic. It has been in use in India since ancient times. It is known to treat disorders related to nervous weakness, problems like insomnia, mental as well as physical fatigue, and loss of memory.
Shankhpushpi is one of the best and prominent natural medicine that helps in improving memory due to its chemical composition.1 It stimulates the brain and enhances the brain’s capacity and ability.
The natural components in this herb help to calm the brain and relieve tension, which is one of the reasons it is used as a tranquilizer for those who suffer from insomnia. It is known to retard brain aging and help in regeneration of neural tissues besides producing antistress, adaptogenic, and memory-enhancing effect.2
2. Shankhpushpi For Hypertension
This herb is one of the ingredients used for the treatment of syndromes/disorders such as stresses, hypotension, hypertension, and anxiety neurosis. It controls the production of body’s stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol in our body and helps in reducing anxiety and stress. Shankhpushpi finds its use in rejuvenation therapy and works as a tranquilizer and psychostimulant.3
3. Shankhpushpi For Neurodegenerative Diseases
Due to its memory-enhancing property, Shankhpushpi is useful in treating neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.4 It has anti-ulcer properties and helps in calming the symptoms of hyperthyroidism and dementia and reduces the activeness of a liver enzyme.
4. Shankhpushpi For Ulcers
The antiulcerogenic effect of Shankhpushpi was found to be due to the augmentation of mucosal defensive factors such as mucin secretion, the lifespan of mucosal cells and glycoprotein rather than on the offensive factors such as acid pepsin.5 It is a very useful drug for ulcer and gastritis as well as any type of burning sensation.
Peptic ulcer is a chronic problem and herbal medicines have been used in place of drugs to treat this problem. There are studies tested on rodents where the alcoholic extracts of Shankhpushpi have shown a significant protection against gastric ulcers in absolute alcohol-induced ulcer.6
5. Shankhpushpi For Cholesterol Levels
The extract of this herb helps to decrease the cholesterol level in the blood including triglycerides and phospholipids and helps in removing certain types of fatty acids that are harmful to the body.7
Other Health Benefits Of Shankhapushpi
Other benefits of Shankhapushpi are listed below.8
- The plant has been found to be effective in reducing different types of stress including psychological, chemical, and traumatic.
- The juice of the whole plant prevents excessive menstruation.
- The fine paste made by grinding the plant is helpful to cure abscesses.
- Shankhpushpi is also used for nourishing all the layers of skin and helps in enhancing beauty.
- It is also useful for treating epilepsy, high blood pressure, headache, sun stroke, vomiting, diabetes, and curing bed urination.
- The oil of Shankhpushpi stimulates the growth of hair.
There is no substantial evidence to support the side effects of Shankhpushpi. However, since it helps in lowering blood pressure, people with low blood pressures should be cautious. Also, speak to your doctor before you begin a treatment of any kind with this herb.
|↑1, ↑5||Mishra, S. H., and Neeraj K. Sethiya. “Review on ethnomedicinal uses and phytopharmacology of memory boosting herb’Convolvulus pluricaulis’ Choisy.” Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism 22, no. 1 (2010): 19.|
|↑2||Singh, Ram Harsh, K. Narsimhamurthy, and Girish Singh. “Neuronutrient impact of Ayurvedic Rasayana therapy in brain aging.” Biogerontology 9, no. 6 (2008): 369-374.|
|↑3||Mudgal, V. “Studies on medicinal properties of Convolvulus pluricaulis and Boerhaavia diffusa.” Planta Medica 28, no. 05 (1975): 62-68.|
|↑4||Rao, Rammohan V., Olivier Descamps, Varghese John, and Dale E. Bredesen. “Ayurvedic medicinal plants for Alzheimer’s disease: a review.” Alzheimer’s research & therapy 4, no. 3 (2012): 22.|
|↑6||Sharath, S. S., J. Preethy, G. Surendra Kumar, A. Revannaswamy, P. Muralidhar, R. Sujith Tumkur, and K. R. Rohini. “Convolvulus pluricaulis cytoprotective activity using absolute alcohol induced gastric ulcer.” (2014).|
|↑7, ↑8||Bhowmik, Debjit, KPSampath Kumar, Shravan Paswan, Shweta Srivatava, Akhilesh pd Yadav, and Amitsankar Dutta. “Traditional Indian herbs Convolvulus Pluricaulis and its medicinal importance.” Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 1, no. 1 (2012).|