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APARAJITA - Clitoria ternatea

APARAJITA - Clitoria ternatea ( medicinal plant / Flower )

Botanical Name- Clitoria ternatea


Names in different language

Hindi-Koyala; Telugu- Dintena , Malayalam – sangu pushpam

Synonyms— Asphota, Girikarni, Visnukrãntã, sankhapuspi, Sephanda, svetã, Mahã svetã.

Classification according to Caraka, Susrutha & Vagbhata

Caraka -Sirovirecanopaga

Susruta –

Vagbhata -

Introduction—This  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 

1. blue flowers

2. white flowers ( Both are identified as C. ternatea Linn. )

3. Sveta aparajitha – sreyi now it identified as Rasna

4. mahasevta aparajitha

5. katabhi – Albizza procera

6. Ksudra Sveta – C. ternatea

7. Canscora decussate   [AD]

8. convolvulus pluricaulis  [AD]

9. Evolvulus alsinodes   [AD]




APARAJITA - Clitoria ternatea ( medicinal plant / Flower )


Rasa- Katu, Tikta, Kasaya

Guna- Laghu, Rüksa


Vipãka- Katu
Karma -Tridosahara, Medhya, Visaghna, Cakusya


APARAJITA - Clitoria ternatea ( medicinal plant / Flower )





 Circulatory system : Being haemostatic and blood purifier, it is useful in haemorrhagic disorders and vatarakta. Hot infusion of dhamasa is given to prevent small pox.

Respiratory system : 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

Mansavaha srotas : Dhamasa is applied over neck stiffness.

APARAJITA - Clitoria ternatea ( medicinal plant / Flower )

Dosha Alleviates kapha, pitta (sweet and bitter - favorite food for pittaprakruti person).

Dhatu : Medaghna, raktagami.
Rasa : Fever, majja.
Mala : Purisha (laxative).
Organs Respiratory, digestive systems.

APARAJITA - Clitoria ternatea ( medicinal plant / Flower )
indications— Kustha,  Unmãda, Vrana, 
Part Used— Root/root bark, seeds

Dosage— Root powder I-3g, seed powder 1-2 g.


















Therapeutic Uses—

 (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 (V.S.)

(3) Manasaroga- Root of white flowered Aparãjitã is pounded with rice-water and used as Nasya by mixing with ghee (R. M.).



Urinary system : 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











 APARAJITA - Clitoria ternatea ( medicinal plant / Flower )


External uses

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 rheumatoi4 arthritis..

Decoction is used for gargling in stomatitis and for cleaning wounds. It prevents pus formation.



Internal uses

Nervous system : It has a tranquillizing effect on the brain hence it is used in symptoms like syncope, vertigo and brain weakness.


Digestive system : It is an antiemetic. antidypsetic. mild-laxative and cholagogue Therefore it is used in emesis. dyspepsia, constipation jaundice and piles. Kapha and pitta work together in the lower part of the stomach.It is used in healing ulcers of pylorus duodenum etc.






APARAJITA - Clitoria ternatea ( medicinal plant / Flower )

APARAJITA - Clitoria ternatea ( medicinal plant / Flower )





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 winter).

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.