COMMON NAME: Shankhpushpi
OTHER NAME: English speedwheel, Laghuvishnukranta.
BOTANICAL NAME: Convolvulus pluricaulis Choisy
PLANT FAMILY: Convolvulaceae
SYNONYMS: Sesamum orientale Linn.
OVERVIEW: Convolvulus pluricaulis is an indigenous plant commonly mentioned in Ayurveda, as a rasayana which is mainly advocated for use in mental stimulation and rejuvenation therapy.
INTRODUCTION: Convolvulus pluricaulis is a perennial herb that seems like morning glory. It is believed to be the only herb that is capable of enhancing all the aspects related to brain power, such as learning, memory and the ability to recall. A slender, procumbent or suberect herb up to 50 cm long with a woody rootstock. Leaves 1.2-2.5 cm long, linear-oblong or the upper elliptic, apex obtuse, mucronate, base tapering, villous on both sides. Fruit are ellipsoid or globose capsule.
PHYTOCONSTITUENTS: The chemical constituents in Shankhpushpi consist of carbohydrate-D-glucose, rhamnose, maltose, sucrose and starch. It also contains proteins, amino acids and the alkaloids-convolvine, convolamine, confoline, phyllabine, convolidine, convoline, convosine, subhirsine and convolvidine along with fatty acid and wax constituents, hydrocarbons, aliphatic and sterol and certain other bio-chemicals which include scopoletin, glacial acetic acid, three coumarins, β-sitosterol, kaempferol, tropane alkaloids, linoleic acid, palmitic acid and straight chain hydrocarbon hextriacontane, 20-oxodotriacontanol, tetratriacontanoic acid and 29- oxodotriacontanol.
PARTS USED: Dried Whole Plant Powder.
PRECAUTIONS: None known.
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