Latin: Convolvulus pluricaulis
Parts Used: Flower, leaves, root
Taste/Energetics: Pungent, bitter, cooling
Properties: Nootropic, anxiolytic, nervous system tonic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, expectorant, diuretic, hypotensive
Actions: Long used in Ayurvedic medicine, shankhpushpi is primarily offered to improve memory, concentration, cognitive acuity and to reduce anxiety, sleeplessness and melancholy. Shankhpushpi is a nervous system tonic, stimulates blood circulation, reduces blood pressure and alleviates pain such as arthritis and neuralgia. Ayurvedic practitioners offer it in formulas for dementia, insomnia, anxiety. hypertension and to improve sperm production.
Dosage: 2-3 tsp powder, 1-2 ml tincture to 3 x/day.
Contraindications: Hypotension, those taking sedative drugs.