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12 Medicinal uses of Aparajita Herb


  • Aparajita (Clitoria ternatea) is perennial twining climber which common all over the tropical parts of India. This medicinal herb has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and memory improving properties. In Ayurveda it is considered as 'Medhya drug' or one that improves mental abilities, intellect and works on nervous system.
  • In South India Aparajita tree is used as Shankhapushpi. Its use improves learning and memory.
  • The safe dosage of Clitoria ternatea is root powder (1-3g), seed powder (1-3 g) and leaf powder (2-5 g).
  • General Information :
  1. Latin: Clitoria ternatea Linn
  2. Family: Papilionaceae; Fabaceae.
  3. Sanskrit: Girikarnikaa, Kokilaa,Yonipushpaa, Vishnukraantaa
  4. Hindi: Aparajita, Koyal
  5. English: Butterfly Pea, Winged-leaved, Clitoria, Mezereon
  6. Bengali: Aparajita
  7. Guajarati: Garnee
  8. Malayalam: Shankhpushpam
  9. Marathi: Gokarnee
  10. Oriya: Aparajita
  11. Punjabi: Aparajita
  12. Kannada: Girikarniballi
  13. Tamil: Kakkanam
  14. Telugu: Dintena, Sankupushpam
  15. Unani: Mezereon
  • Here are few remedies that can be done at home using Aparajita herb or Clitoria to cure various ailments :
  1. Chronic bronchitis : Mix root juice in milk and drink.
  2. Nerving tonic, Improving memory, brain function : Drink its root juice with honey.
  3. Migraine, chronic head ache : Wash to clean roots of herb. Then extract its juice by crushing and adding water. Put few drops (4) in each nostril to get relief from headache.
  4. Recurrent fever : Prepare decoction of its root (1-2 teaspoon) and drink twice a day for few days.
  5. Chronic cough : Take its herbs root, black pepper (2-3), tulsi leaves (7) in a glass of water. Cook till volume reduces to half. Filter and drink for few days.
  6. Tonsillitis : Boil herbs leaves with guava leases. Use this for gargling.
  7. Abdominal pain, coughing : Prepare powder of its seed. Take this powder twice a day with water.
  8. Hydrocele : Prepare paste of its seeds with water and apply on affected part in form of poultice.
  9. Uterus Prolapse, Uterus or Vaginal Infection : Boil leaves of herb with chingeri grass. Add some alum and wash affected area.
  10. Heavy Periods, Frequent Periods, Over Bleeding, Raktapradar : Wash and clean leaves of herb. Now crush and extract juice in mortar and pestle. Drink this leaves juice with misri and water for few days.
  11. Sujak, Hydrocele, Gonorrhoea : Boil its leaves in water and use this water to wash affected areas.
  12. Filariasis or Elephantiasis (Elephant Leg) : Preapare a powder by mixing its root and seed powder. Take this powder (1 tbsp) with water.

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