Convolvulus pluricaulis: Anxiolytic Herb

Convolvulus pluricaulis is a herb used in traditional herbal medicine. It is also sometimes called shankhapushpi. The main medicinal use of Convolvulus pluricaulis is as a brain tonic, where it is used to treat a number of mental disorders. One of the uses of Convolvulus pluricaulis is in the treatment of anxiety. For example, in one study, researchers administered extracts of Convolvulus pluricaulis petals to mice and then exposed them to experimental stress. The results of the study showed that the Convolvulus pluricaulis petal extracts significantly reduced the anxious behaviour of mice, suggesting that the extracts conferred an anxiolytic effect on the mice. At lower doses the petal extracts caused a reduction in anxious behaviour, without any detrimental effects on locomotor activity, suggesting that the extracts were not acting as a sedative at this dose. These results therefore support other studies that show that Convolvulus pluricaulis is a useful treatment for chemical, traumatic and psychological stress.

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Sharma, K., Arora, V., Rana, A. C. and Bhatnagar, M. 2009. Anxiolytic effect of Convolvulus pluricaulis Choisy petals on elevated plus maze model of anxiety in mice. Journal of Herbal Medicine and Toxicology. 3(1): 41-46

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