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Shankhpushpi benefits

Shankhpushpi benefits for Memory and brain health

By Veena Deo

In this article I am going to discuss about Shankhpushpi benefits also known as Convolvulus Pluricalis for brain health and cognitive functions it supports.

If you look at the world, everybody is a victim of stress and strain which results in a weak memory and poor memory and poor concentration levels. Hence, today people are in search of natural herbal supplements which have negligible side effects.

In Ayurveda, in the Drayagun Nighantu book, certain herbs are mentioned which come under the banner of “Medhya Rasayan” or for memory boosting. The herbs mentioned are proven for their memory and concentration values and improving cognitive function. This has been accepted by modern science also. One of such herbs is Convolulus Puricaulis or Shankhpushpi. In Sanskrit the name is referred to a plant with flowers shaped like a conch.

Shankpushpi benefits for brain and memory -

Pacifies all three Doshas especially Vata and Pitta.
Rasayan means Rejuvenates the body.
Medhya means Promotes intellectual capacity.

It is a perennial herb also known as Aloe weed in English. From ancient times, it has been used to improve mental power and thus to enhance memory. Studies show that it is also useful in conditions like Alzheimer’s and Dementia. It is also used to treat hypertension, anxiety, irritation and many stress related problems.

As Shankhpushpi has rejuvenating properties, it also acts as an immunity booster. Research done for the memory enhancing activity of Convolvulus Pluricaulis has been listed below.

It is recommended as a brain tonic and used for the improvement of memory and intellect. Ref: Admas 2007.

Ethanobotanical research on Medicinal plants is becoming an important part of Indian Research; Convolvulus Pluricaulis could protect the brain from toxic substances. Ref: Bihagi SW, Sharma M, Singh AP, Tiwari M.

Neuroprotective role of Convolulus Pluricaulis on aluminum induced neurotoxicity in rat brain Ref: Ethanopharmacol 2009, Jul 30; 124 (3) : 409-15

The herb might help to alleviate depression. Ref: Dhingra D, Valecha R.

Psychotropic effect of the Convolulus Pluricaulis was studied by Singh RH and Mehta AK on 30 out patients of anxiety neurosis in 1976. After one month of treatment a significant reduction in the neurotic features was observed and immediate memory span was significantly improved (J Res. Indian Med, 12 (3), 18-24)

In clinical studies, concentrated powder of Convolvulus Pluricaulis was tried on 33 patients of mild to moderate hypertension. The drug showed statistically highly significant anti-hypertensive effect. Ref: Krishna PM etal, S.V. Ayurvedic College, Tirupati 35th world congress on Natural medicines. Tirupati, 14-16 March 1997, Abstracts, 94)

Shankhpushpi has been found to be effective in reducing different types of stress including psychological, chemical and traumatic. Ref: Prasad GC et al, 1974, Jour Res. Ind Med 9 (2), 19-27

Convolulus Pluricaulis exhibits significant anti anxiety activity. Ref: Singh RH and Mehta AK, 1977, Jour Res Ind Med Yoga and Homeop, 12 (3), 18-25, Koushik CK and Singh RH, 1982, Anc – Sci-Life, 2 (1), 11-16

Shankhpushpi was reported to contain several types of alkaloids, Flavonoids that bring about its biological effects. It is a very good immunity booster as it has a Rejuvenative property.

Certain multi herbal formulations that have Shankhapushpi, Centella Asiatica, Withania Somnifera or Ashwagandha, Bacopa Monnieri along with Glycyrrhiza Glabra or Licorice have higher efficacy to boost memory and improve concentration. The presence of Ashwagandha along with Shankhpushpi helps to control anger, fear and emotions. All these herbs have a “Rasayana” property; hence this memory enhancing formulation will help to boost energy levels also.

I hope the above mentioned Shankhpushpi benefits are useful to all.

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Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information on supplements is provided for educational purposes only. For questions or to consult Dr. Veena Deo, please send an email to veenadeo@herbsbenefits.com

 

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