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The Adhatoda vasica is commonly known as Malabur nut in English, Vasaka in Sanskrit and Adosa in Hindi.
This plant is found in Srilanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, China and Malaysia and Panama as well. In India, this shrub grows on the plains and the lower Himalayas up to a height of 100 m. This plant grows well in dry soils as well as in low moisture areas.
This plant has lance-shaped leaves which are 10 to 15 cm tall. They are smooth edged, arranged oppositely and borne on short petioles. They are dull brownish green in color, when dry. They are bitter in taste. When a leaf of this plant is cleared and if examined, then the oval stomata can be seen. Stomata are surrounded by the two crescent shaped cells that are at right angles to the ostiole. The epidermis contains simple celled warty hairs as well as small glandular hairs. Beneath the epidermis, Cystoliths occur. The trunk of this plant has many long and ascending branches and are arranged oppositely. Flowers are white in color and the bark of this plant is yellow in color. Inflorescence shows the presence of large, dense and axillary spikes. The fruits of this plant are with club shaped capsule and are pubescent.
Root, flowers, bark and leaves of this plant are extensively used.
Ayurveda is an ancient healthcare system that helps to maintain a healthy body by balancing the three doshas of the body. There are three doshas namely, Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha. These tridoshas are considered as the energies or the forces of the body. According to Ayurveda, any imbalance in any of the doshas result in one or the other health condition.
This plant contains alkaloids, tannins, phenolics, flavonoids, tannins, etc. in it. The leaves of this plant are the rich sources of carotenes and vitamin C.
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