Adhatoda Vasica is a herb, also popularly known as Malabar Nut in English, Adosa in Hindi and Vasaka in Sanskrit. It has been used in preparation of herbal medicines for the past 2000 years. Yogic practitioners often use this herb to clear their respiratory tracts during the course of breathing exercises.
In ayurvedic medicine, Adhatoda is mainly used to relieve respiratory disorders and cough. The leaves of Adhatoda Vasica are rich sources of carotene and Vitamin-C.
- The plant as a whole along with its root, leaves, bark and flowers are extensively used to relieve cough, cold, whooping-cough, asthma and bronchitis due to their pharmacological properties.
- The extract from leaves has been used to relieve asthma, bronchitis, breathlessness and cough for centuries. It is also used to relieve other conditions like local bleeding due to piles, peptic ulcers and menorrhagia; and relief from bleeding gums and pyorrhea.
- Crushed leaves are applied to relieve conditions like skin ailments, worms and amavata. Warm crushes are effective to relive dislocated joint and rheumatic pain.
- Powder of Adhatoda boiled in sesame oil is an effective management for stopping bleeding and relieving ear infection.
- A paste of the leaves is applied on the abdomen for relieving urinary infection.
- The flowers are used to relieve burning micturation, and as an effective expectorant to relive congestion and dyspnoea.