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Vasaka

Botanical Name :- Adhatoda Vasica
Indian Name :- Vasak
Latin Names :Adhatoda zeylanica Medic.

English Names / Common Names :Malabar nut tree
Sanskrit / Indian Names :Shwetavasa, Vasa, Vasaka


Description and composition:


Vasaka, also called Malabar nut tree, is well known throughout World. 

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 small capsule.

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 asthma.

Plant part used :

Leaves, roots, flowers and stem bark. In Ayurveda the leaf is widely used.

Healing power and curative properties

The leaves, roots and the flower are extensively used in indigenous medicine as a remedy for cold, cough, bronchitis and asthma.

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.

Cough:

For cough 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.

Tuberculosis:

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.

Intestinal worms:

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.

Skin Diseases:

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:

The Vasaka 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 vasicine

Ayurvedic Supplements that contains Vasaka :

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