Canscora Decussata (Shankhapushpi)

Canscora Decussata (Shankhapushpi)

Canscora decussata (Shankhapushpi, Aloe weed)


Biological Name:

Canscora decussata 





Other Names:

Kambumalini, Shankhini, Shankhaphuli, Shankhapushpi, Dankuni, Cansjan-cora.



The plant is indigenous to Burma and India. Common in waste places and hedges throughout the tropical parts of India ascending up to 1350 m.


Additional Info:

It is seethveeryam (cold), tikta (bitter), medya (brain tonic) improves memory and voice, used in treatment of mental weakness.


Active Components:

The phytoconstituents, such as phenolic compounds, xanthones, and triterpenoids were isolated from different parts of the plant.


Elements Applied:

Each plant’s part, but primarily the juice, is applied in herbal medicine


Used For:

  • The herb is known to boost metabolic rates and maintains healthy bodily functions.
  • Useful in Nervous Disorders. Headache and Depression.
  • It is a nervine tonic useful in nervous debility, insanity, epilepsy and improves memory.
  • It acts as an alterative and laxative.
  • It augments healthy skin and helps in treating scrofula.


Preparation and Intake: The herb is commonly used in form of paste, powder, decoction, infusion, and juice.



3-6 masha (3-6 gm) per day can be taken safely (Bhavaprakasha Nighantu). Exercise care. Herbs in Ayurvedic medicine are commonly mixed with other herbal medicines to reduce the toxic effect one of them may produce on the body. 

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