Shankhapushpi, Śaṅkhapuṣpī, Śaṃkhapuṣpī: 11 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Śaṅkhapuṣpī and Śaṃkhapuṣpī can be transliterated into English as Sankhapuspi or Shankhapushpi or Samkhapuspi or Shamkhapushpi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Rasashastra (Alchemy and Herbo-Mineral preparations)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Śaṅkhapuṣpī (शंखपुष्पी):—One of the sixty-seven Mahauṣadhi, as per Rasaśāstra texts (rasa literature). These drugs are useful for processing mercury (rasa), such as the alchemical processes known as sūta-bandhana and māraṇa.

Nighantu (Synonyms and Characteristics of Drugs and technical terms)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Śaṅkhapuṣpī (शङ्खपुष्पी) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant identified with Convolvulus microphyllus, synonym of Convolvulus prostratus (prostrate bindweed) from the Convolvulaceae or “morning glory” family of flowering plants, according to verse 3.132-134 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Śaṅkhapuṣpī is known in Hindi as Śaṅkhapuṣpī (śveta); in Marathi as Śaṅkhvel; and in Gujarati as Śaṅkhāvalī.

Śaṅkhapuṣpī is mentioned as having twelve synonyms: Supuṣpī, Śaṅkhāhvā, Kambumālinī, Sitapuṣpī, Kambupuṣpī, Medhyā, Vanavilāsinī, Ciriṇṭī, Śaṅkhakusumā, Bhūlagnā and Śaṅkhamālinī.

Properties and characteristics: “the potency of Śaṅkhapuṣpī is cold (himā) and rasa is bitter (tikta). It improves intellect (medhyā) and the quality of voice. It controls the affections of evil spirits/planets and bestows power to subdue others”.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Biology (plants and animals)

[«previous next»] — Shankhapushpi in Biology glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Shankhapushpi [शंखपुष्पी] in the Nepali language is the name of a plant identified with Clitoria ternatea L. from the Fabaceae (pea) family. For the possible medicinal usage of shankhapushpi, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Shankhapushpi in India is the name of a plant defined with Clitoria ternatea in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Lathyrus spectabilis Forssk. (among others).

2) Shankhapushpi is also identified with Evolvulus alsinoides It has the synonym Convolvulus linifolius L. (etc.).

3) Shankhapushpi is also identified with Evolvulus nummularius It has the synonym Volvulopsis nummularia (L.) Roberty (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Candollea (1952)
· Nova Genera et Species Plantarum (1818)
· Encyclopédie Méthodique. Botanique (1811)
· Annales Botanices Systematicae (Walpers) (1852)
· Flora of the Southern United States (1860)
· Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden (1975)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Shankhapushpi, for example pregnancy safety, chemical composition, extract dosage, diet and recipes, health benefits, side effects, have a look at these references.

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shankhapushpi in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śaṅkhapuṣpī (शंखपुष्पी).—f S A grass, Andropogon aciculatum.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shankhapushpi in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śaṅkhapuṣpī (शङ्खपुष्पी).—f. (-ṣpī) A sort of grass, (Andropogon aciculatum.) E. śaṅkha conch, puṣpa a flower, ṅīp aff., implying resemblance.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śaṅkhapuṣpī (शङ्खपुष्पी).—[feminine] [Name] of a plant.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Śaṅkhapuṣpī (शङ्खपुष्पी):—[=śaṅkha-puṣpī] [from śaṅkha] f. idem, [Vasiṣṭha; Suśruta] (-śṛta mfn. boiled with the above plant, [Manu-smṛti xi, 148])

2) [v.s. ...] Canscora Decussata, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śaṅkhapuṣpī (शङ्खपुष्पी):—[śaṅkha-puṣpī] (ṣpī) 3. f. A sort of grass.

[Sanskrit to German]

Shankhapushpi in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shankhapushpi in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Śaṃkhapuṣpi (ಶಂಖಪುಷ್ಪಿ):—

1) [noun] the plant Canscora decussata of Gentianceae family.

2) [noun] the leguminous twining shrub Clitoria ternatea of Papilionaceae family with blue flowers, the root of which is used as a dieretic and demulcent; butterfly-pea.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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