SANKHAHOLI (( Evolvulus alsinoides Linn.)): A REVIEW
ABSTRACT: The Sankhaholi (Evolvulus alsinoides Linn.) of family Â Convolvulaceae which is commonly known as sankhpushpi, in traditional system of medicine including Unani Medicine. It is a perennial herb with a small woody branched root stock which contains alkaloids: shankhapushpine and evolvine. Fresh plant of sankhholi contains volatile oil. It also contains a yellow neutral fat, an organic acid and saline substances. Therapeutic uses of Sankhaholi Evolvulus alsinoides Linn, mentioned in the Unani Medicine are Alexiteric (Mufarreh), CardiacÂ tonicÂ (Muqawwi-e Qalb), Brain tonicÂ (Muqawwi-e Dimag), Digestive (Hazim)Â Musaffi-e- Khoon (Blood purifier),General tonic (Muqawwi-e-am), Diuretic (Mudirr-e-Baul), Anti Inflammatory (Muhallil-e-waram), Hypoglycemic (Dafa-e-Ziabitus), Antihypertensive (Dafye Imtella). It is also used in headache, asthma, hyperlipidemia etc. The present article reviews the pharmacological actions and therapeutic uses of Sankhaholi ( Evolvulus alsinoides Linn.) present in Unani literature supported with the available clinical and animal studies.
Keywords: Sankhaholi Evolvulus alsinoides Linn. Sankhpushpi, Unani Medicine
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