Character: The Worshipper
Shanka means conch in Sanskrit. The conch is often considered to be related to the ears which are a gateway to the brain. It is said that worry is related to how we hear and Shankapushpit calms the mind of worry. It can also be beneficial for the health of the skin and for improving digestion due to a nervous stomach.
Guna: heavy and oily
Rasa: Bitter, pungent, astringent
Prabhava: Improves emotional instability
Dosage: 1-5 grams
Main Action: Tonic. Aphrodesiac, laxative, sleep promoter, emotional stabilizer
Action on Doshas: Balances all Doshas
Action on Dhatus: Strengthens the nervous system, bowel, intestines and blood
Description: Shankapushpi is the premier herb for pain, anxiety, insomnia and stress. It contains alkaloid shankapushpine, evolvine and some essential oils (Paranjpe 2001). It’s calming effect on the nervous system also promotes digestion and encourages bowel function. Less commonly it has been used to heal wounds and to heal the skin when anxiety or worry are present.
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