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Medicinal Uses of Clitoria Ternatea (Shankhpushpi)

Updated on December 15, 2016
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Lakshmi Menon is a published author of both fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys writing about kids, cooking, yoga, and Indian festivals.

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What is Clitoria ternatea?

Clitoria ternatea is a creeper plant that can grow well without much care. In India, it is also known as Shankhpushpi, and it is used as a medicinal plant. In some countries, it is grown as an ornamental plant. Its leaves are elliptical and obtuse, and the fruits are pods resembling thin peas. The flowers are a vivid, deep-blue colour, though there are white flowers, as well. The plants belong to the family Fabaceae. This herb is also known as butterfly pea, blue pea, Cordofan pea, and Asian pigeon wings.

Medicinal Uses of Shankhpushpi

Shankhpushpi is an indigenous plant used in Ayurveda, an ancient system of Indian medicine. It is non-toxic and does not have any side effects. It is twining perennial herb, mostly grown in the northern part of India.

  • They have antibacterial property against E.coli, K.pneumonia, P.aeruginossa.
  • Shankhpushpi is used for improving memory, mental power and treating mental fatigue.
  • Induces calm and peace and relieves stress and anxiety
  • Enhance memory power in the children.
  • Used in the treatment of female reproductive disorders.
  • Powder of the roots are used for treating whooping cough.
  • The extract from the roots of the herb is used as an antidote in treating poisonous bites of insects or of snakes.
  • For treating epilepsy and excessive menstruation, 2 ml of Shankhpushpi juice with honey is given.
  • Alleviates swelling and pain.
  • Juice of Shankhpushpi is used as nasal drops in headaches.
  • Used for treating delirium and hysteria.
  • Used in thyroid disorders.
  • Roots of the plant are used for treating leucoderma.
  • Paste of the whole plant is effectively used for treating piles.
  • Also used in children for treating bed wetting.
  • Also used for treating high blood pressure.
  • One study also showed that Shankhpushpi has anti-ulcer effect.

Various studies have been carried out to know the medicinal benefits of Shankhpushpi in India, and the results have been published in the Indian Journal of Medical Science, 2000, and the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 1992 (ref:

Consult Your Doctor

Before taking any home remedies or supplements, or before starting a new health regime, please consult your physician.


Here are some videos about the Clitoria ternatea plant.

Other Names for Clitoria Ternatea

In addition to Shankhpushpi, Clitoria ternatea goes by many other names, including: Aparajitha, Koyala (Hindi), Alowe weed, pigeonwings, Sanghu pushpam (Malayalam), Dintena (Telugu), Shankhapushpi, Shankpushpi, Butterfly Pea, Conch flower, Gokarni, Girikarnika, Koyal, Dintena, Asphota, Vishnukranta, Shankhapushpi, Shveta, Mahashveta, and Girikarni.



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      Noemi Bataga 2 months ago

      I am propagating this plant now to be shared to those who are interested and have been taking it as tea in the morning and evening and as cold drink during the day. Thanks to its healing wonders.

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      lex123 20 months ago

      Thanks for that information. It will be helpful to many of the readers.

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      Sanjay Sharma 20 months ago from Mandi (HP) India

      It is also used to turn white hair black. Thanks for sharing the information.

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      lex123 2 years ago

      Thank you teaches for stopping by. Yes, it is really a very useful herb.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      What a very useful herb. I had not heard of it before and thank you for the education.

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      lex123 2 years ago

      Thank you for reading the hub and adding that information.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 2 years ago from Tumkur

      It is also said that the root extract of this plant is useful in treating Diabetes.

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