Botanical Name- Clitoria ternatea
Names in different language
Telugu- Dintena , Malayalam – sangu pushpam
Asphota, Girikarni, Visnukrãntã, sankhapuspi, Sephanda, svetã, Mahã svetã.
Classification according to Caraka, Susrutha & Vagbhata
plant’s root is specially used for leucoderma. It is also considered as
Visahara. Brhat Trayi texts do not come across the term Aparãjita.
Varieties & adulterants
flowers ( Both are identified as C. ternatea Linn. )
aparajitha – sreyi now it identified as Rasna
– Albizza procera
Sveta – C. ternatea
Rasa- Katu, Tikta, Kasaya
Guna- Laghu, Rüksa
Karma -Tridosahara, Medhya, Visaghna, Cakusya
system : Being haemostatic and
blood purifier, it is useful in haemorrhagic disorders and vatarakta. Hot infusion of
dhamasa is given to prevent small pox.
: It is used in common cold, cough,
asthma as it acts as an expectorant and reduces the irritation of respiratory
organs. Besides this, whole plant is
used for smoking. Decoction is
used for gargling in throat manifestations
: Dhamasa is applied over neck stiffness.
Dosha Alleviates kapha,
pitta (sweet and bitter -
food for pittaprakruti person).
Dhatu : Medaghna, raktagami.
Rasa : Fever, majja.
Mala : Purisha (laxative).
Organs Respiratory, digestive systems.
Root/root bark, seeds
Dosage— Root powder I-3g, seed powder 1-2 g.
(1) Dañta süla- Root of Aparãjita along with Marica is kept in
the mouth (Vai. Ma.).
(2) Sotha- Paste of Girikarnikã leaves is used internally/ orally
(3) Manasaroga- Root of white flowered Aparãjitã is pounded with
rice-water and used as Nasya by mixing with ghee (R. M.).
: It increases urination. Decoction
is used in dysuria.
Reproductive system :
Being spermatogenic, it is given in semen debility
Skin : It can be used in
various skin disorders by.
Temperature : Febrifuge and refrigerant by bitter and cold properties.
Bitter taste is the best for fever. It can be used for cooling effect. It
alleviates symptoms like vomiting, thirst and burning sensation etc. which are
caused by vata and kapha in fever.
Satmikaran : It
increases the physical strength and weight by unctuous and sweet
It alleviates swelling and pain. It has haemostatic action hence
it is ued in piles specially
bleeding piles. Piles are cleaned with the decoction and the paste of whole
plant is applied over it. Leaf
juice is used as nasal drops
in headache. Oil boiled with
dhamasa is used for massage in
Decoction is used for gargling in
stomatitis and for cleaning wounds. It
Nervous system : It has
a tranquillizing effect on the
brain hence it is used in symptoms like syncope, vertigo and brain weakness.
: It is an antiemetic. antidypsetic. mild-laxative and
cholagogue Therefore it is
used in emesis.
jaundice and piles. Kapha and pitta work together in the
part of the stomach.It is used in
healing ulcers of pylorus duodenum etc.
It is a perennial climber. Leaves- pinnate 5-9 foliolate.
Flowers- showy, blue or white, petals unequal, style bearded
below the stigma.
Fruits- pods, linear, compressed.
Seeds- 6-10, black (Flowers in rainy season and fruits in
Distribution & Habitat
Almost throughout India, wild or cultivated. Western - north
India (Marwad), Egypt, Syria. Mesopotamia, Iraq. Persia, Arabia, Afghanistan
etc. Dates and dhamasa grow in sandy regions.