Evolvulus alsinoides also known as the ‘dwarf morning-glory’ is a slender, hairy flowering herb that spreads or ascends and has pale blue flowers. It is native to the South America and is widely naturalized all over the world, including India. It inhabits a wide range of habitats, such as marshlands, wet forests and even deserts. It grows across tropical and warm-temperate regions of Australia, Polynesia, Sub-Saharan Africa and America.
This herb is commonly used in traditional medicine of East Asia in psychological and cognitive disorders. Many pre-clinical and clinical trials have proven that the herb extract effectively abolishes stress and anxiety. It also has memory enhancing, anti-inflammatory, adaptogenic, and neuroprotective properties. It is beneficial in conditions such as deficit in memory caused by brain damage, disease, or psychological trauma.
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Calms the mind
- Balances emotions and behavior
- Protects nervous system
- Enhances alertness and memory
Ayurveda Insight on Shankhapushpi
Shankhapushpi has katu, tikta, kashaya rasa, katu vipaka, sheeta virya, and sara property. It is balya, ayushya, medhya, rasayana and mohanashaka in action. It alleviates Kapha and Pitta doshas. It is useful in Manasaroga and Apasmara.