perennial, prostrate or sub-erect, spreading hairy herb, 10-30 cm long.
In India, it is found in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Plains of Punjab, eastwards
Bihar, some parts of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. It also distributed
in Baluchistan to Egypt, Tropical Africa and Senegal.
is described as Medhya Rasayana (brain tonic) in Ayurveda.
Convolvulus arvensis extract (convolvulin) elicited a significant
antidepressant effect by interaction with the adrenergic, dopaminergic,
and serotonergic systems. Convolvulus arvensis provides an exceptional
example of mental alertness, calmness and increased focus, memory
improvement, brain stimulating effects and enhanced learning ability.
Shankhapushpi induces the feeling of wellbeing, quality of sleep and
reduces nervousness, palpitation and anxiety. It also helps in maintaining
normal pulse rate and blood pressure and provides nourishment to both most
vital part of the body - heart and brain.
contains alkaloids-convolvine, convolamine, phyllabine, convolidine,
confoline, convoline, subhirsine, convosine, scopoline and convolvidine
along with beta-sitosterol. It used especially for improving memory,
lowering stress and calming down the agitated state of mind. It is equally
powerful as the more famous allied herbs like Bacopa and Gotu Kola. It is
helpful in Insomnia where the person frequently wakes up at night or is