Blue Rattlepod

The scientific name of the Blue Rattle pod: is Crotalaria verrucosa

Synonyms: Crotalaria coerulea, Crotalaria angulosa, Crotalaria mollis

Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Name of different languages:

English: Blue Rattleweed, Tooth-Leaved Rattlepod, Blue-Flowered Rattlepod, Warty Rattlebox

Sanskrit: Brihatapushpi, Shanpushpi

Hindi: बनशण banshan, झुनझुनिया jhunjhunia

Tamil: சங்குநிதி cankuniti, கிலுகிலுப்பை kilu-kiluppai, Gilugiluppai, Salangaichedi

Malayalam: കിലുകിലുപ്പ-Kilukiluppa

Useful plant parts:

Root, Leaf

Plant description of Blue Rattle pod

It is an erect, branched herb, that grows up to 75 m tall; stems are striate and 4-angled. The leaf is simply arranged alternately, Shape ovate or rhomboid-deltoid, apex Obtuse-acute margin entire size 2.5-7 x 2.5-4.5 cm, The Flower is found in terminal or lateral racemes; the color is blue. Flowering is throughout the year. Fruits are yellowish to brownish, oblong-terete pods, sparsely pubescent, exceeding the calyx; usually seeds up to 15, fruiting throughout the year.

Medicinal uses:

To treat throat disorders, laryngitis, cardiac disorders, oral disorders, indigestion, fever, blood disorders like abscess, skin disorders, menorrhagia, nasal bleeding, oral ulcers, scabies, and impetigo.

The blue rattle pod (Crotalaria verrucosa), also known as Shankhpushpi, is a plant that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for its potential therapeutic properties. It is primarily known for its effects on the nervous system and mental health. However, it’s important to note that while it is used in traditional medicine, scientific evidence supporting its efficacy is limited, and it should be used under the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

 Ayurvedic uses of blue rattle pod

  1. Brain Tonic: In Ayurveda, the blue rattle pod is often considered a brain tonic. It is believed to improve cognitive functions, including memory, concentration, and learning abilities.
  2. Nervine Tonic: This herb is considered to be a nervine tonic, which means it is believed to have a calming effect on the nervous system. It may help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.
  3. Stress and Anxiety: Blue rattle pod is traditionally used to alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety. It is believed to have adaptogenic properties, helping the body adapt to and cope with stress.
  4. Insomnia: It is sometimes used to address sleep disorders and insomnia. It may help calm the mind and promote restful sleep.
  5. Mental Clarity: Shankhpushpi is believed to enhance mental clarity and alertness. It is used to clear mental fog and improve focus.
  6. Nervous System Disorders: It is traditionally used for various nervous system disorders, although scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness in specific conditions is limited.
  7. Headaches: Blue rattle pod is sometimes used in Ayurveda to alleviate headaches, especially those associated with nervous tension.
  8. Epilepsy and Convulsions: It is believed to have antiepileptic properties and may be used in the management of epilepsy and convulsions.
  9. Depression: Some traditional practitioners use blue rattle pods to support individuals experiencing symptoms of depression, although its efficacy in this regard is not well-documented.

Chemical content:

Beta-sitosterol, isolated flavonal glycoside, Crotalaburine, Apigenin-o-glycoside, crotaverrine, isolated necic leatone, Taraxerol, B- Sitosterol.

Medicinal properties:


How to prepare medicines:

Gargling of leaf decoction is useful for mouth ulcers.



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