Evolvulus alsinoides L. (Convolvulaceae) is used as nootropic or brain-tonic in traditional systems of medicine like Ayurveda and Unani. The plant is used by certain ethnic races across India, Africa and Philippines to cure fever, cough and cold, venereal diseases, azoospermia, adenitis, and depression. Pre-clinical (in vivo and vitro) investigations have demonstrated anti-amnesic, antistress (adaptogenic), antimicrobial and gastro protective activity. Although clinical-studies are warranted for potential use of E. alsinoides in treating dementia, pre-clinical research has justified the ancient claim of ‘brain-tonic.' The review summarizes ethno medicinal uses and pharmacological investigations carried on the medicinal plant.
"Review of Ethnomedicinal Uses and Pharmacology of Evolvulus alsinoides Linn.,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2008
, Article 100.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2008/iss1/100