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Adhatoda vasica: Botanical Name: Adhatoda Vasica

Common name: Malabar Nut

The leaves are rich in vitamin C and carotene and yield an essential oil. The shrub is the source of the drug, well known in indigenous systems of medicine for its beneficial effects, particularly within bronchitis.

The leaves, flowers, fruits and roots are extensively used for treating cold, cough, whooping-cough, chronic bronchitis and asthma.

It acts as a sedative, expectorant, antispasmodic and antihelmintic. It is a bronchial antiseptic, bronchodilator and expectorant.
The roots, leaves and flowers and active principles of the plant possess a number of pharmacological properties and are used in cough, chronic bronchitis, rheumatism, asthma and bronchial asthma.

Within the respiratory disorders like bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis.
The active alkaloids found to be occurring in the following herb are having the bronchodilator and antihistaminic effects. The alkaloids also showed the uterine stimulant activity and moderate hypotensive activity. They even showed the Thrombopoeitic activity.
The leaf extract has been used for the treatment of bronchitis and asthma for many centuries. It relieves cough and breathlessness. It is also prescribed commonly for bleeding due to idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, local bleeding due to peptic ulcer, piles, menorrhagia etc. Its local use gives relief in pyorrhoea and in bleeding gums.

Adhatoda vasica may have beneficial uses as an expectorant. The leaves together with the root and the flowers and the nuts are considered to be the valuable parts by the herbalist and many Ayurvedic practitioners.

Roots, Leaves and Flowers of Malabar nut are used in various Ayurvedic preparations. In Ayurveda this herb is used mainly in the treatment of cough and other respiratory ailments.

Crushed leaves are applied in Amavata, Skin disorders and Worms.
Flowers are used in conditions as burning micturition. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used in Svas, Kasa and Yakshama as mucolytic agent for smooth expectoration to relieve congestion and dyspnoea. Modern researches have concluded that the following herb helps to dilate bronchioles thus ensures smooth expectoration and breathing.

Effect on Doshas:

The following herb is known to balances Kapha and Pitta doshas.

Medicinal actions of Adhatoda vasica ( Vaasa) :

  • Abortifacient
  • Anti-asthmatic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antitussive
  • Bronchodilator
  • Expectorant
  • Febrifuge
  • Mucolytic
  • Oxytocic
  • Uterotonic
  • For bleeding due to idiopathic
  • In thrombocytopenic
  • Within purpura
  • Cardiovascular Conditions
  • moderate hypotensive activity or low blood pressure
  • Pulmonary diseases
  • Assists uterine involution
  • Menorrhagia
  • In Postpartum hemorrhage
  • For uterine stimulant activity
  • Dyspepsia
  • Local bleeding due to peptic ulcer and/or piles
  • acute and chronic bronchitis
  • For producing a soothing effect on the respiratory tract
  • Allergic asthma
  • Antihistamine effects
  • For the purpose of broncho-dilation
  • Emphysema
  • Obstructive airway disease
  • Phthisis
  • Relieves cough and breathlessness
  • Applied locally for the bleeding gums
  • Diphtheria
  • Gives relief in pyorrhoea
  • Intermittent fever
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhus fever
  • Weakly Antibacterial
  • Anti Anaphylactic activity
  • Anti Diabetic

Dosage of Adhatoda vasica

0.5-1.5g/day dried root

1-3mL/day 1:2 fluid extract

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