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Shankhapushpi is a very famous Ayurvedic medicine used to improve memory, intelligence etc.
Rasa (taste)- Tikta (bitter)
Guna (qualities) – Snigdha (unctuous, oily), Picchila (sticky)
Vipaka-madhura – undergoes sweet taste conversion after digestion
Veerya – Sheeta – coolant in nature. As per Bhavamishra – Ushna (hot potency)
Prabhava – Special effect – Medhya – improves intelligence.
Effect on Tridosha – balances Pitta and Kapha.
Part used- Whole plant, root, seeds, ash (alkali).
Paste 1-2 g
water decoction (Kashayam / infusion) – 50-100 ml in divided quantity per day,
Kshara (alkali preparation) 250 mg – 2 g in divided dose per day.
Shankhapushpi capsule – 1 capsule once or twice a day, before or after food as advised by doctor.
1.Medhya – Paste of Shankhapushpi improves memory and intelligence
2.Rasayanam – anti aging, improves life expectancy, longevity
3.Kasajit – useful in cough, cold
4.Visha – useful in toxic conditions, natural detoxifier
5.Apasmara – useful in epilepsy
6.Unmada, Bhuta – useful in psychiatric disorders
7.Chardihara – useful in vomiting
8.Sara – promotes movement of liquids in natural path, useful in constipation
9.Vrushya – acts as aphrodisiac
10.Manasarogahrut – useful in mental disorders, depression
11.Smrutiprada – improves memory. Hence useful in Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and in students seeking memory improvement.
12.Kantida – improves skin complexion and quality
13.Balada – improves strength
14.Agnida – improves digestion strength
15.Kushta – useful in skin diseases
16.Krimi – useful in intestinal worm infestation
17.Anidra – useful in insomnia, induces sleep
18.It improves hair quality and promotes hair growth
19.Useful in high BP and hematemesis (blood vomiting)
20.Because it enhances mood, relieves anxiety and and acts as aphrodisiac, it is quite useful in treating sexual disorders of men.
21.It has mild diuretic action. Hence used in relieving fluid retention.
22.It is used in treating migraine and tension headaches
23.Leaves – are used in treating asthma and bronchitis.
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