Shankhapushpi – (Bot Name-Convolvulus microphyllus) | Guduchi Ayurveda

While describing the medya drugs (brain tonics) it is inevitable to miss a wonder drug such as shankhapushpi , Ayurveda acharya named the drug medya as a synonym knowing this drug can make wonders in psychological as well psychosomatic disorder, this small herb is seen in most part of INDIA and Burma

  In Ayurveda Shankapushpi is a well-known “medhya rasayana” herb meaning that it promotes mental clarity, a strong intellect and rejuvenation of the mind and nervous system as a whole.  It is considered a sacred and sattvic (balanced) plant that can be used by all body types (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and all mental disorders.  Shankapushpi improves the circulation to the brain resulting in a heighten sense of clarity, improved memory and greater focus.  Although this herb is highly effective for awakening the mind and intellect, it is equally as grounding and is widely used in treating anxiety, a restless mind, excessive worry and sleep disorders of all kinds.

This sattvic drug is tridoshahara, it has action towards majja dhatu (rejuvenation of nervous system, it is manasarogahara rasayana , smrtivardhaka

 

The phyto-constituent alkaloids convolvine, convolamine, phyllabine, convolidine, confoline, convoline, subhirsine, convosine, and convolvidine along with scopoline and ß-sitosterol, confirms its therapeutic action scientifically.

While describing the medya drugs (brain tonics) it is inevitable to miss a wonder drug such as shankhapushpi , Ayurveda acharya named the drug medya as a synonym knowing this drug can make wonders in psychological as well psychosomatic disorder, this small herb is seen in most part of INDIA and Burma

  In Ayurveda Shankapushpi is a well-known “medhya rasayana” herb meaning that it promotes mental clarity, a strong intellect and rejuvenation of the mind and nervous system as a whole.  It is considered a sacred and sattvic (balanced) plant that can be used by all body types (VataPittaKapha) and all mental disorders.  Shankapushpi improves the circulation to the brain resulting in a heighten sense of clarity, improved memory and greater focus.  Although this herb is highly effective for awakening the mind and intellect, it is equally as grounding and is widely used in treating anxiety, a restless mind, excessive worry and sleep disorders of all kinds.

This sattvic drug is tridoshahara, it has action towards majja dhatu (rejuvenation of nervous system, it is manasarogahara rasayana , smrtivardhaka

 The phyto-constituent alkaloids convolvine, convolamine, phyllabine, convolidine, confoline, convoline, subhirsine, convosine, and convolvidine along with scopoline and ß-sitosterol, confirms its therapeutic action scientifically.



Main Indications

  • Mental fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Headache (due to stress, mental workload or study)
  • Dementia
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Mental hypersensitivity
  • Highly sensitive person (HSP)
  • Unmanageable emotional excesses
  • Emotional stress
  • Mild convulsions
  • Stress disorders
  • Depression (with aggressive symptoms or violence)
  • Epilepsy,
  • Schizophrenia
  • Anorexia nervosa

Health benefits of shankapushpi

  1. Improves Cognitive Functioning
  2. Reduces Mental Fatigue
  3. Anti -depressant action
  4. Prevents Headache
  5. Increases sound sleep
  6. Anti-hypertensive
  7. Beneficial in all psychosomatic disease, psychological disorder
Conclusion:- Shankhpushpi is a traditional herbal remedy blessed with umpteen health benefits. It holds high significance in improving the memory capacity, enhancing concentration, learning capabilities, and treating mental fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, etc.
Written By

Dr. Soundarya R E 

    December 14, 2021