Medicinal Uses of Clitoria Ternatea or Aparajita

It is a perennial herbaceous plant and grows in neutral soil. Does well in Sun to partial shade. Soil should be moist but well drained. It has vivid deep blue, white and light blue flowers. And it can be grown very easily from seeds. It grows as vine or a creeper. Once the plant flowers the pods appear in about 7 to 10 days. Each pod has 5 to 10 seeds. After sowing the seeds they germinate within 8 to 10 days. It does not require much care, and can be maintained easily. Its roots form a symbiotic association with soil bacteria known as rhizobia. This plant is medicinal (Please read the disclaimer). It has Antioxidant, Anti diabetic and hepatoprotective potential. Please see the publication links given below. It is used in traditional Ayurvedic, Chinese and Asian medicine. Clitoria ternatea along with Convolvulus pluricaulis and Evolvulus alsinoides are used as the source of Shankhpushpi.

Clitoria ternatea

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Nootropic, anxiolytic and CNS-depressant studies on different plant sources of shankhpushpi.
See Also
Clitoria ternatea (APARAJITA): A REVIEW OF THE ANTIOXIDANT, ANTIDIABETIC AND HEPATOPROTECTIVE POTENTIALS
IN VITRO CYTOTOXIC ACTIVITY STUDIES OF CLITORIA TERNATEA LINN FLOWER EXTRACTS
Report on mycoflora associated with Clitoria ternatea L.: A herbal medicinal plant in Bangladesh
Antimicrobial Activity and Phytochemical Evaluation of Clitoria Ternatea

Seeds of Clitoria Ternatea or Aparajita
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