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Butterfly pea

Scientific name of Butterfly pea: Clitoria ternatea

Name of Butterfly pea in different languages:-

English: Blue pea, Cordofan pea and Asian pigeon wings, Clitoria

Sanskrit: Aparajita, Gokarnika Asphota, Katabhi, Dadhipusphika, Vishantri, Mohanashini, Vajikhura, Ashva, Girikarnika, Kinihi, Mahashveta,

Malayalam: Shangupuzhpam ശംഖുപുഷ്പം

Plant description:

Butterfly pea or clitoria (The name came from the flower of the plant has a shape of female genital part-clitoris) - Clitoria ternatea is a perennial, herbaceous plant, vine or creeper, leaves are with elliptic, obtuse, 4 cm long and 3 cm wide, flowers are deep blue, solitary, the  flower has a shape of the female genital organ. The fruits are pod sized up to 7 cm long, flat pods, tapered both ends are tailed, commonly contain 6 to 10 seeds. There are other varieties of the plant, which carry white flowers.

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant, root, flower.

Medicinal uses:

It is used as a memory enhancer, to treat fever, mental disorders, cobra bite, bronchial disorders, the sleeplessness, antistress, sedative agent, anxiolytic, nootropic, antidepressant and anticonvulsant.

Chemical contents: 

Tannins, resins, starch, taraxerol, taraxerone.

Medicinal properties: 

Anxiolytic, antidepressant, anticonvulsant, and anti stress 

How to prepare medicines:


It is the one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicine like-


Sumanas Tablet

 Shankhpushpi Oil

White Butterfly pea









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