Shankhpushpi 

Latin:   Convolvulus pluricaulis

Family:  Convolvulaceae

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.