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Shankhpushpi

Shankhpushpi
Shankhpushpi or Shyamaktanta is a perennial herb that is used for its medicinal benefits.
It helps to manage digestion and constipation due to its mild laxative property. It improves mental health and might help in managing depression due to its antidepressant activity.
According to Ayurveda, Shankhpushpi helps to calm down the brain and relieve stress as well as anxiety. It also improves memory by acting as a brain tonic due to its Medhya (improves intelligence) property. You can take Shankhpushpi powder along with warm milk or water to help boost memory and concentration. Shankhpushpi tablets and capsules can also be used to improve brain functions.
Shankhpushpi might help to manage wrinkles and prevent ageing due to its Rasayana (rejuvenating) property. Applying Shankhpushpi powder on skin helps in acne and wound healing due to its Ropan (healing) property. Applying Shankhpushpi oil on the scalp and hair help control hair fall and also promotes hair growth due to its Rasayana (rejuvenating) property.

What are the synonyms of Shankhpushpi?

Convolvulus pluricaulis, Shyamakranta, Syamakranta, Visnukranta, Speedwheel, Sankhaholi, Vishnukarandi, Vishnukranti, Krsnakranti, Shankavall, Vishnukrantha, Krishna-enkranti, Erravishnukaraantha[1].

What is the source of Shankhpushpi?

Plant Based

Benefits of Shankhpushpi

1. Poor Memory
Shankhpushpi improves memory and concentration levels due to its Medhya (improves intelligence) property.

2. Insomnia
Shankhpushpi helps to manage stress and insomnia by relaxing the mind due to its Vata balancing and Medhya properties.

3. Epilepsy
Shankhpushpi helps to lower the risk of epilepsy and other mental disorders due to its Medhya and Rasayana properties.

4. Indigestion and Constipation
Shankhpushpi improves digestion and manages gastrointestinal disorders such as constipation, jaundice, dysentery, piles dyspepsia because of its mild laxative nature.

5. ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
Shankhpushpi improves concentration and attention span in children suffering from ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) due to its Medhya (improves intelligence) property.

Precautions when using Shankhpushpi

Advice from Experts
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Take Shankhpushpi in recommended dose and duration as a high dose can lead to stomach problems like loose motion.
Breastfeeding
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Use Shankhpushpi only under medical supervision during breastfeeding.
Patients with heart disease
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Monitor your blood pressure while taking Shankhpushpi with your preexisting antihypertensive medication. This is because Shankhpushpi has blood pressure lowering property.
Pregnancy
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Use Shankhpushpi only under medical supervision during pregnancy.

Recommended Dosage of Shankhpushpi

  • Shankhpushpi Powder - ¼-½ teaspoon twice a day.
  • Shankhpushpi Juice - 2-4 teaspoons once or twice a day.
  • Shankhpushpi Capsule - 1-2 capsules twice a day.
  • Shankhpushpi Tablet - 1-2 tablets twice a day.

How to use Shankhpushpi

1. Shankhpushpi Powder with Milk
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon of Shankhpushpi powder with lukewarm milk.
b. Take it preferably in the morning.
c. Use this remedy on a daily basis to improve memory and concentration[3].

2. Shankhpushpi Juice with Water
a. Take 3-4 teaspoons of Shankhpushpi juice.
b. Mix it with one glass of water and drink it twice a day.
c. Use this remedy on a daily basis to lower the risk of epilepsy[3].

3. Shankhpushpi Capsule
a. Take 1-2 capsules of Shankhpushpi.
b. Swallow it with milk or water preferably after meals.

4. Shankhpushpi Tablet
a. Take 1-2 tablets of Shankhpushpi.
b. Swallow it with milk or water preferably after meals.

Benefits of Shankhpushpi

1. Anti-wrinkle
Wrinkles are due to aging, dry skin and lack of moisture. According to Ayurveda, it is due to an aggravated Vata. Shankhpushpi oil helps in controlling wrinkles and increases moisture content in the skin. It also helps to reduce degeneration of skin cells and works as anti-aging due to its Rasayana (rejuvenating) property.
Tips:
a. Take 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Shankhpushpi powder.
b. Add honey and apply to face and neck.
c. Wait for at least 20-30 minutes.
d. Wash it with cool plain water.

2. Acne
A Kapha-Pitta dosha skin type can be prone to acne and pimples. According to Ayurveda, an aggravation of Kapha increases sebum production which clogs the pores. This results in the formation of both white and blackheads. An aggravation of Pitta also causes red papules (bumps) and inflammation with pus. Applying Shankhpushpi helps to control acne. It prevents excess sebum production, removes clogging of pores and reduces inflammation. This is because of its Ropan (healing) and Sita (cold) nature.
Tips:
a. Take 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Shankhpushpi powder.
b. Add honey and apply to face and neck.
c. Wait for at least 20-30 minutes.
d. Wash it with cool plain water.

3. Premature greying and hair growth
Shankhpushpi prevents premature greying, controls hair fall and promotes hair growth due to its Rasayana (rejuvenating) property.
Tips:
a. Take few drops of Shankhpushpi oil.
b. Massage evenly on the scalp and hair.
c. Repeat this to control premature greying of hair and hair fall.

4. Wound healing
Shakhpushpi helps in quick healing of wound, decreases swelling and brings back the normal texture of the skin. It also helps to reduce skin inflammation. This is due to its Ropan (healing) and Sita (cold) properties.
Tips:
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon of Shankhpushpi powder.
b. Boil it in 2-4 cups of water till the amount reduces to 1 cup.
c. Filter the liquid and clean the affected area once or twice a day for quick wound healing.

Precautions when using Shankhpushpi

Advice from Experts
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Use Shankhpushpi oil after diluting with any base oil like coconut oil before applying to the body.
Allergy
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Use Shankhpushpi leaves or root paste with honey or milk if you have a hypersensitive skin.

Recommended Dosage of Shankhpushpi

  • Shankhpushpi Oil - 2-5 drops or as per your requirement.
  • Shankhpushpi Paste - ½-1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Shankhpushpi

1. Shankhpushpi oil
a. Take few drops of Shankhpushpi oil.
b. Massage it evenly on the scalp and hair.
c. Use this remedy regularly or whenever you feel stress and anxious.

2. Shankhpushpi Fresh Paste
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon of Shankhpushpi fresh paste.
b. Add milk to it and apply on the face and neck.
c. Let it sit for 5-7 minutes.
d. Wash thoroughly with tap water.
e. Use this remedy 2-3 times a week to get rid of dry and dull skin.

3. Shankhpushpi Decoction
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon of Shankhpushpi powder.
b. Boil it in 2-4 cups of water till the amount reduces to 1 cup.
c. Filter the liquid and clean the affected area once or twice a day for quick wound healing.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the price of Shankhpushpi Syrup?

scientific
Modern Science View
Shankhpushpi Syrup is available in the market in various pack sizes and brands. For example, Dabur offers Shankhpushpi Syrup (450 ml) at Rs 150, while Baidyanath offers the same quantity at Rs 155.

Q. What forms of Shankhpushpi is available in the market?

scientific
Modern Science View
Shankhpushpi is available in the market in the following forms:
1. Syrup
2. Tablets
3. Churna or Powder
4. Capsule (Extract)

Q. What is the chemical constituents of Shankhpushpi?

scientific
Modern Science View
Shankhpushpi is a rich source of carbohydrates such as D-glucose, maltose, rhamnose, sucrose and alkaloids such as shankhapushpine, convolamine and convoline. It also contains fatty acids, volatile oils, proteins and amino acids[2].

Q. Can Shankhpushpi reduce stress?

scientific
Modern Science View
Shankhpushpi might help reduce stress and anxiety by lowering the level of cortisol which is a stress hormone[5].

Q. Is Shankhpushpi good for depression?

scientific
Modern Science View
The active constituents present in Shankhpushpi such as alkaloids, flavanoids, and coumarins has antidepressant activity which helps manage depression[2].

Q. Can I use Shankhpushpi to Improve mental health?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, the constituents present in Shankhpushpi can help you reduce stress, anxiety. It can also tranquilize the mind and calm it down. Shankhpushpi is known to improve memory and acts as a best brain booster. However it is advisable to consult your doctor before starting the use of Shankhpushpi in the regular basis[1-2].

Q. Is Shankhpushpi good for insomnia?

scientific
Modern Science View
Shankhpushpi enhances the function of brain. Certain components present in Shankhpushpi calms the brain and helps relieve stress. Due to this, it may act as a tranquilizer and may be useful in managing insomnia[7][8].

Q. Can Shankhpushpi be used to manage epilepsy?

scientific
Modern Science View
Shankhpushpi has been used in traditional medicine as a nervine tonic. It acts on the central nervous system and may be useful in managing epilepsy[9][10].

Q. Does Shankhpushpi help in high blood pressure?

scientific
Modern Science View
Although not enough scientific information is available to support the role of Shankhpushpi in case of high blood pressure. A study suggests that certain constituents present in Shankhpushpi might help in the management of high blood pressure[7].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Shankhpushpi might help manage stress or anxiety induced high blood pressure. It helps lower stress and anxiety by relaxing the nervous system due to its Medhya (improves intelligence) property.
Tips:
1. Take ½ teaspoon Shankhpushpi powder.
2. Add to 1 glass of milk and have it at breakfast.
3. This will help control stress induced high blood pressure.

Q. Does Shankhpushpi help in headache?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Shankhpushpi helps in managing headache. It relaxes the agitated nerves by inducing sound sleep which relieves headache[12].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Shankhpushpi helps to manage stress or mental fatigue induced headache. It lowers the level of stress by relaxing the nervous system because of its Medhya (improves intelligence) property.

Q. Is Shankhpushpi useful to treat hysteria?

scientific
Modern Science View
Hysteria is a condition of sudden outburst of emotion or excitement. Yes, Shankhpushpi is useful to manage hysteria by acting as a brain tonic. It works as a stimulant and improves the function of the brain. It also helps to calm down the brain activities and reduce stress[7].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Shankhpushpi might help reduce the symptoms of hysteria because it has Medhya (improves intelligence) property. It helps to maintain proper function of the brain and minimize the chance of a hysterical episode.

Q. What are the benefits of taking Shankhpushpi churna?

scientific
Modern Science View
Shankhpushpi churna helps in improving memory. It stimulates the nervous system and manages the brain activities[11][13].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Shankhpushpi churna contains natural Shankhpushpi which helps to improve memory, reduce stress, improve sleep and the digestive system. It is also very effective to boost immunity and helps to fight against infections.

Q. What can Shankhpushpi oil be used for?

scientific
Modern Science View
Shankhpushpi is a common ingredient in herbal oil preparations and it helps in improving hair growth[14].

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