Scientific name: Clitoria ternatea. Name in different languages:- English: Clitoria, Asian pigeonwings, Blue Pea, Blue Pidgeon-wings, Blue Vine, Butterfly Bean,butterflypea.French: ClitoriedeTernate. Spanish:BejucodeConchitas.Thai: Anchan. Malay: Bunga- telang. Sanskrit: Adrikarni, Girikarnika.Hindi: Aparajita. Marathi: Vishnukranta. Bengali:Aparajita. Telugu:SankhuPoolu,SankhamPoolu. Kannada:Aparajite. Malayalam: Sankhupushpam.
The word Clitoria ternatea ( Sankhupushpam) reminds us of the creeper that entwines on trees and shrubs in our garden and which has bright blue flowers as well. There are a Clitoria ternatea (Sankhupushpam) plant, that has white flowers also. It is less known that Clitoria ternatea (Sankhupushpam) has medicinal value. Usually this plant is used as an ornamental plant to decorate arch, in gardens. Clitoria ternatea (Sankhupushpam) has the botanical name Clitoriaternetea and belongs to the Fabaceae family. Sankhupushpam is known in English as Butterfly Pea or Blue pea. This plant which is originally found in forest, entwining trees and plants , has now become an ornate plant in garden and parks.
Clitoria ternatea (Sankhupushpam) has been used as medicine for several diseases from ancient times itself. Sankhupushpam plant has the ability to control the nervous system . Also it is used as medicine for memory enhancement, enhancing mental ability and vigour. The sankhupushpam flowers is used by ladies during menstruation and also for other diseases affecting women. Ayurveda has proved that the roots of sankhupushpam has the ability to detoxify poison.
Alchololic persons usually face problems like fatigue and incompetency. Giving a decoction (kashayam) using the whole plant of Clitoria ternatea (Sankhupushpam) is a remedy for such problems. While treating for ailments of the nervous system, it is advised to consult an ayurvedic physician. The Sankhupushpam plant with white flowers has the medicinal ability to diffuse even snake poison. The root of Sankhupushpam if ground to a paste and mixed with milk and consumed is the remedy for the inflammation of lymph gland. The root of Sankhupushpam ground with rice water and mixed with butter increases the memory and intelligence in children. Sankhupushpam is an ideal medicine for swelling of glands in the neck. This plant of high medicinal value which is common in our garden can be easily cultivated.