Shankhpushpi, Convolvulus pluricaulis

Description Of Plant

It is a perennial herb with a small woody and branched rootstock which 4 to 12 inches long, densely hairy. The branches rise up to some extent and then spread on the ground and on grass. The leaves are 0.5 inches to 1.5 inches long. The petiole is minute and the base is acute. The flower wears the wide and shiny upper parts, and smells like radish if it is rubbed. The flowers are white, pink or thick rose color. It has funnel shaped rounds and blackish or brownish colored seeds. The entire bush appears like black plum or grey color.

In the rainy season this plant can be found naturally on rocky and fallow lands in India. Due the color distinction in the flowers, it can be divided into three categories. 1. White 2. Blue 3. Canscora decussate (Gentianaceac). This plants also named as Shankhahuli.

General Information

In Ayurveda, Shankhpushpi is considered as famous Ayurvedic medicine for improving the memory and intelligence. It helps to rejuvenate the mind and Use of this herb is also in other problems like vomiting and toxicity. It has also been used since many years in the treatment of disorders such as anxiety, hypertension, neurosis, stress, insomnia, asthma, bronchitis, cerebral abnormalities, epilepsy, edema, urinary disorders and constipation. Moreover use of this herb is quite good in the treatment neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer and dementia etc.

Whole plant part is packed with medicinal properties. Chemical studies of whole plant have shown the presence of glycosides, coumarins, flavonoids and alkaloids, sitosterol glycoside, hydroxy cinnamic acid, octacosanol tetracosane and sucrose. These phytochemical compounds exhibit the various therapeutic properties for the treatment of various ailments.


Commonly growing throughout India and also cultivated.


  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Order: Solanales
  • Family: Gentianaceae
  • Genus: Convolvulus
  • Species: pluricaulis


  • Latin Name - Convolvulus pluricaulis
  • Hindi Name - Sankhahul, Shankhahuli
  • Sanskrit Name - Shankhava, Shankhpushpi, Ksheerapushpi, Mangala Kusuma
  • Telugu Name - Sankhapuspi
  • Marathi Name - Sankhvel
  • Gujarati Name - Sankhavali
  • English Name - English speedwheel
  • Urdu Name - Sankali

Ayurvedic Properties

Hindi / Sanskrit English
Rasa Tikta Taste Bitter
Guna Snigdha, Picchila Physical Property Oily, sticky
Virya Sheeta Potency Cold
Vipaka Madhura Metabolic Property (After Digestion) Sweet

Effects On Doshas

It balances pitta and kapha doshas.

Classical Categorization

Charak Samhita Sushrut Samhita Vagbhata
Nil Nil Nil

Ancient Verse About Convolvulus Pluricaulis

Ancient Verse About Convolvulus Pluricaulis

The Bhavprakash nighantu, edition of 2010: verse 269-270, page no-454.

Shankpushpi, Shakhhava, Manglay and Kusuma are the synonyms of Shankhpushpi. It is astringent in taste, with hot potency and is good for intellect, eye diseases and mental disorders. It is good for memory, rejuvenation, skin glow and epilepsy, psychological disorders like hysteria, leprosy, worms and toxins.


The Bhavprakash nighantu with elaborated Hindi commentary by Padmashri prof. K.C. Chunekar, edited by Dr. G.S. Pandey: verse 269-270, edition of 1998: page no- 454.

Practical Uses Of Convolvulus Pluricaulis

  • In Ayurveda, shankhpushpi is considered as an amazing brain tonic which helps to enhance the learning, memory, intelligence and retain better. Moreover it is herb which helps to rejuvenate the brain.  
  • It has also been used since ages in the treatment of disorders such as hypertension, anxiety, neurosis, stress, insomnia, asthma, bronchitis, cerebral abnormalities, epilepsy, edema, urinary disorders, constipation and very dangerous and tricky brain (essentially neurodegenerative) diseases like Alzheimer and dementia etc.
  • Use of this herb is good to manage the problem of vertigo. This herb helps to calm the nervous system. It also provides relief in the symptoms associated with vertigo like headache, anxiety, stress and brain complications.
  • This is known to be a good herb in the treatment of respiratory complications like common cold, cough, asthma and bronchitis. It helps to clear the air channels and also enhances immunity to fight against the various viral or bacterial infections.
  • Use of this herb is very beneficial in the treatment of urogenital disorders. It helps to provide relief in the symptoms like painful urination, swelling of urethra, burning sensation etc.
  • This herb possess the spermatogenic properties. In males it helps to enhance sperm production and also improves the quality of sperms too.
  • This herb is good to manage the insomnia and sleeping disorders in people.

Parts Used

Whole plant, root, seeds, ash (alkali).


Paste 1-2 g and decoction 50-100 ml.

Ayurvedic Products From Convolvulus Pluricaulis In Planet Ayurveda

1. Medhya Churna

It is an amazing formulation of Planet Ayurveda. Shankhpushpi is an important ingredient of medhya churna. It is the herb which helps in rejuvenation of nervous system. This herbal product is very beneficial to improve memory, recollect things and retain better, lack of concentration, insomnia, loss of memory and epilepsy. Use of this herbal product is quite good for the people who have problems like forgetfulness, confused mind and cloudy thought.

Dosage: 1 pinch of powder twice daily or 1 gram twice daily.

2. Memory Support

Shankhpushpi is also used in the formulation of memory support. This herbal product is known to be quiet good to enhance memory and overcome the stress and anxiety. This herbal product relieves the stress, controls the blood pressure and improves the mind's ability.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules once or twice daily.

3. Sleep Naturals

Being the coolant in nature shankhpushpi is an important ingredient of sleep natural. It helps to pacify the nervous system. Use of this herbal product is quite effective in the problems like the inability to sleep, stress, anxiety, restlessness, palpitation, fatigue and lack of memory.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules once or twice daily.

4. Total Heart Support

This herbal product helps to maintain the healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels in body. This herbal product is an amazing blend of herb shankhpushpi and various other herbs. This herbal product provides the strength to heart muscles and help in the cleansing of arteries.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules once or twice daily.

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