Herb of the Month
Botanical Name :-
Indian Name :- Vasak
Latin Names :Adhatoda zeylanica Medic.
English Names / Common Names :Malabar nut tree
Sanskrit / Indian Names :Shwetavasa, Vasa, Vasaka
Vasaka, also called Malabar nut tree, is well known throughout
It is a small evergreen, subherbacious
bush. The Leaves are 10 to 16 cms in large and lance-shaped. The
leaves contain an alkaloid vasicine besides an essential oil. The inflorescence is dense,
short pedunculate, bractate and spike terminal. The corolla is large
and white with lower lip streaked purple. The fruit is a 4-seeded
Vasaka is a well-known herb in indigenous systems of medicine for
its beneficial effects, particularly in bronchitis. This herb is
extensively used for treating cold, cough, chronic bronchitis and
Plant part used :
flowers and stem bark. In Ayurveda the leaf
is widely used.
power and curative properties
The leaves, roots and the flower are extensively used
in indigenous medicine as a remedy for cold, cough, bronchitis and
Bronchitis and asthma:
In acute stages of bronchitis it gives unfailing relief, especially
where the sputum is thick and sticky. It liquefies the sputum so
that it is brought up more easily. Also effective in relief of asthma.
A unique herb that helps support the bronchial function with
broncho-dilatory, expectorant and mucolytic properties. It
normalizes lung function.
leaves of the plant are boiled in water, strained and mixed with honey
and can be taken. This decoction gives relief within a few minutes. Similarly a
confection of Vasaka flowers eaten twice daily give relieves from cough.
In Ayurveda a preparation made from Vasaka flowers is used to treat tuberculosis.
A few fresh petals of Vasaka flowers should be bruised and put in a
pot of clay. Some sugar crystals are added and the jar kept in
the sun .It should be stirred every morning and evening. The
preserve is ready for use in about a month.
Its leaves, the root bark, the fruit and flowers are useful for the removal of intestinal parasites. The decoction of its root and
bark twice or thrice
daily for 3 days can be given for this purpose .The juice of its
fresh leaves can also be used in doses of a teaspoon thrice a day
for 3 days.
A poultice of its leaves can be applied with
beneficial results over fresh wounds, rheumatic joints and
inflammatory swellings. A warm decoction of its leaves is useful in
treating scabies and other skin diseases.
Methods for used and dosages:
is often taken in the form of juice extracted from its leaves, mixed
with ginger or honey. The leaves can be made in to
a decoction or the dry leaves can be given in powder form. Both the decoction and powder are constituents of many
preparations used in Ayurvedic medicine for various affections of
the respiratory tract. The root and the bark have the same medicinal
uses as the leaves.
The leaves of the plant contain the alkaloid vasicine
(C11H12N2O), which is responsible for the small but persistent
bronchodilatation, and an essential oil which is chiefly responsible
for the expectorant action. The leaves and roots contain other
alkaloids, vasicinone, vasicinolone and vasicol, which may
contribute to the bronchodilatory effect through anticholinergic
action on the vagal innervation of the bronchii. The bronchodilation
effect is considerably increased after atropine administration.
Studies have also shown vasa to be effective in the treatment of
amlapitta (dyspepsia) and pyorrhea . The in vitro growth of several
strains of Mycoplasma tuberculosis was inhibited by the essential
oil at concentrations in the range of 2-20 ug/ml. . There has also
been a report of thrombopoetic (platelet-increasing) activity with
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