Adhatoda vasica

COMMON NAME 

Also known as adulsa, adhatoda, Malabar nut, vasa, or vasaka. 

  

INTRODUCTION 

Adhatoda vasica is used widely in Ayurvedic medicine. The entire plant from root to leaves is used to treat numerous illnesses. However, the leaves are the most potent. This herb helps treat asthma, tuberculosis, bronchitis and countless other diseases. It is also used as an anthelmintic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, expectorant and bronchodilator.  

  

The leaves from this efficacious plant contain alkaloid, vasicine and essential oil. Malabar nut helps to soften thick sputum which enables it to be secreted easily thereby giving fast relief to those suffering from bronchitis. They are also rich in phytochemicals such as flavonoids, alkaloids, phenolics, saponins and tannins. Malabar nut is also loaded with vasicine, a quinazoline alkaloid, Luteolin, B- Sitosterol, Kaempferol and several other chemicals. 

  

This herb also contains anti-microbial properties which help eliminate tuberculosis. The anti-inflammatory properties enable Malabar nut to provide quick relief for joint pain and swelling experienced during arthritis. This medicinal herb acts as a cardiac tonic which boosts heart health. It works by increasing and purifying blood flow, which also helps lower blood pressure. This herb further helps give clarity of voice and is also vital for curing fever, bleeding disorders, thirst, vomiting, sugar and leprosy. Malabar Nut is potent for skin health owing to its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory compounds. Women suffering from cramps can also benefit from this herb as it eases abdominal pain by easing muscles. 

Additionally, Malabar nut improves lung functionality and helps cure dyspnea. This Ayurvedic herb helps ease throat irritation by loosening phlegm deposited in the airway. It can also be used for loss of memory, leprosy, leukoderma, tumors, jaundice, sore-eye, mouth troubles and gonorrhea. Furthermore, Malabar nut root is also beneficial for reducing urea level and nitrogenous wastes in the bloodstream by increasing the excretion of waste and urea through urine. Moreover, this herb is also vital for treating flatulence, indigestion and bleeding piles. Since this herb contains anti-ulcer properties, it is also beneficial for reducing ulceration. 

  

CONSTITUENTS 

Flavonoids, alkaloids, phenolics, tannins and saponins. The most potent in vasicine, a quinazoline alkaloid. 

Herbions’ Specification

Scientific Name: Adhatoda vasica

Active:     Vasicine

Part used: Leaves

Biological Activity

Expectorant, bronchodilator, Anti-allergy