Shankhpushpi is a potent memory booster and brain tonic that actively works to improve intelligence and functioning of the brain. The name shankhpushpi was given to the plant owing to its shankh or conch shaped flowers. It also helps in enhancing concentration, learning capabilities, mental fatigue, insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, etc.

Shankhapushpi is indigenous and considered one of the very important herbs in Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda, Shankhapushpi is pungent, alternative tonic, bitter, brightens intellect, improves complexion, increases appetite, useful in biliousness, bronchitis etc.,

It is regarded as alexiteric and tonic to improve memory and to tone the brain. From ancient times in India, people of all age groups (especially students, teachers, and philosophers) always have tried Shankhapushpi. It is also one of the best herbs that are used for enhancing the beauty and helps in nourishing all the layers of skin.

Ayurveda Medicinal Properties —

  1. Medhya: Promotes intellectual capacity
  2. Swarakarini: Improves voice
  3. Kanthi: Enhances the aura of the body and gives it a healthy look
  4. Grahabhootadi doshaghni: Useful in diseases of supernatural origin
  5. Rasayani: Rejuvenates the body
  6. Unmadaghna: Alleviates insanity and emotional instability
  7. Majjadhatu Rasayana: Rejuvenates the nervous tissue
  8. Vrishya: Aphrodisiac
  9. Pachambala: Increases the strength of the digestive system
  10. Chedana: Laxative
  11. Nidrajnana: Promotes sleep

Shankhapushpi Plant Uses —

  1. The herbal extracts of plants are seen to possess spermatogenic properties, so it can be beneficial in cases of sperm debility.
  2. It is used to treat urinary system ailments.
  3. It is known to have cooling effects that alleviate symptoms of vomiting, burning sensations, and thirst which is common during fever.
  4. Plant extracts can is used for ailments in a respiratory system like cough and cold, it is also used to prevent irritation of respiratory organs as it has expectorant properties.
  5. The Herbal extracts of the plant are used for the treatment of Asthma.
  6. The Herbal extracts have tranquilizing effects and are thus used for syncope, vertigo, etc.
  7. It is used for the nervous system and brain-related ailments. Herbal extracts are also used for treating the digestive system and other ailments such as jaundice, constipation, piles dyspepsia, etc.
  8. It is also used for treating the circulatory system of blood.
  9. It is also used for treating smallpox.
  10. The hemostatic effects of shankapushpi are beneficial for piles mostly the bleeding piles.
  11. A decoction of this herbal plant is used for cleaning wounds and it has the ability to prevent pus formation.
  12. Plant extract is known to use for alleviators of pain and swellings.
  13. In Ayurveda, the Shankhapushpi plant is also used for the treatment of epilepsy.
  14. Plant extract avoids fluid retention in the body and supports digestion.
  15. The Shankhapushpi plant extract is well known for treating insanity and hematemesis.

Shankhapushpi Leaves Uses —

  1. Leaves of Shankhapushpi plants can be grounded and mixed with salt for applying over swellings.
  2. Powder of leaves is also used for treating brain disorders.
  3. The leaves of white flower shankhapushpi are mixed with salt made into a paste and applied for retroauricular adenitis.
  4. The ground leaves mixed with salt are used for applying over swellings.
  5. The past of Leaves of white flower plants mixed with salt is used for applying on glandular swellings and cervical adenitis.
  6. The fresh leaves juice mixed with ginger juice is an effective remedy for controlling excessive sweating.
  7. The powdered leaves are used for treating brain disorders.
  8. Leaves of Shankhapushpi plant are used to treat bronchitis and asthma.

Shankhapushpi Flower Uses —

  • A gram of Shankhapushpi flower powder if taken daily with honey can be useful for uterus bleeding problems.
  • The blue flowers of shankhapushpi are used for food coloring for rice and other recipes in some of the Asian regions.

Shankhapushpi Roots uses

  • The roots of grounded shankhapushpi are used with ghee or butter, two to three times daily to increase memory and intelligence.
  • The root extracts of shankhapushpi are used for eye, throat infections, ulcers, and urinary.
  • For migraines, the root juice extracts are poured through nostrils.
  • The roots of the white-flowered shankhapushpi are used as a medicinal paste for skin diseases. Extract of the root is useful to treat throat infections, eye, ulcer, urinary troubles, etc.
  • For migraine, the root juice extracts are poured thru nostrils.
  • The root juice with milk is beneficial in sticky phlegm cough and it can also relieve asthma problems.
  • The plant root is an herbal remedy to treat childhood fever.

Health Benefits —

  1. It helps in Hypertension —

Shankhapushpi plant is used as a remedy for many diseases; it is also one of the most important ingredients used for treating syndromes- disorders such as anxiety neurosis, stresses, hypertension, hypotension, etc.

Shankhapushpi herbs have the properties that control the production of the body’s stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol thus helps in reducing anxiety and stress. The herb has properties that work as a psycho-stimulant and tranquilizer.

2. It helps in neurodegenerative diseases

Due to its memory-boosting property, Shankhapushpi herb is useful to treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. It has anti-ulcer properties that are helpful in ease the symptoms of Dementia, hyperthyroidism, and reduces the activeness of a liver enzyme.

3. It improves memory

Shankhapushpi is one of the best and important herbal remedies for improving memory, it is due to its phytonutrients like Scopoline ß-Sitosterol, Phyllabine, Convolvidine, Confoline Subhirsine, Convolving, and Congo line.

Shankhapushpi is mainly used as a brain tonic and a brain stimulator. Daily consumption of Shankhapushpi prevents memory loss.

4. It helps in ulcers

The Shankhapushpi herb is very beneficial in fighting different types of ulcers which are formed in the body due to mucous secretions and glycoprotein I can also improve the nerve tissues, increasing bone marrow quality and nerve tissues.

The plant has anti-ulcer properties, it also has a mucosal defensive element like mucin secretion and glycoproteins. It also has been studied that Shankhapushpi is the best remedy for hypothyroidism.

5. It helps to enhance skin beauty

Shankhapushpi herb is used as an alternative, tonic, and febrifuge it is also used for nourishing the layers of skin and helps in enhancing beauty. Shankhapushpi is used in the form of decoction with milk and cumin

6. It helps to decrease cholesterol

The extract of Shankhapushpi herb helps to decrease the cholesterol level in the blood including phospholipids and triglycerides; it also helps in removing certain types of fatty acids that are harmful to the body.

7. It has analgesic properties

Painkilling or analgesic is one of the important properties of the Shankhapushpi plant. These pain killer properties are beneficial in dealing with osteoarthritis, rheumatic pains, arthritis, etc.

The pain killer effects produced by Shankhapushpi were very similar to morphine-induced ones.

8. It helps to cure hyperthyroid

The thyroid gland is an important gland that controls the function of metabolism in our body by producing thyroid hormones. The excess of thyroid hormones can result in hyperthyroidism disorder.

This Hyperthyroidism can be reduced by taking Shankhapushpi extracts on a regular basis.

Side effects —

  1. It decreases Blood Pressure so patients with low blood pressure should exercise caution while taking this medication.

Reference —

  1. Benefits of Shankhapushpi

2 thoughts on “Shankhapushpi”

  1. HelloDrji!
    In the beginning extend my sicere thanks to you for your explanation about shankhpushpi herb.this blog/ article which has covered all details of shankhpushpi herb.
    In last just wanted to know wiether the above shown picture is shankhpushpi or aparajita?
    Thanks and regards
    DrRajashekharD Savanur
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