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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Vasaaka  
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English: Malabar nut  
Botanical: Adhatoda vasica  
Hindi: Arusha - Adulasa  
Telugu: Addsaram  
Common names:  Justicia adhatoda, Adulsa Arusa, Adathodai, Bakash, Adathoda, Adalodakam, Adusoge, Addasaramu
Family name: Acanthaceae  

2. Parts used:

  • Leaves
  • Roots
  • Flowers
  • Stem Bark

Contents: The leaves of the plant contain two major alkaloids called vasicine, and vasicinone 1,2.

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Bitter
  • Vipaka: Spicy
  • Veerya: Seetaveerya

4. Uses:

  • The extraction of leaf is a good medicine for Asthma and cough.
  • It is a good medicine to stop internal and external bleedings like bleeding gums, piles and peptic ulcers.
  • It is a good ingredient in decoctions for all types of fever due to kapha and pitta doshas.
  • It is expectorant, antispasmodic and good blood purifier.
  • It speeds up the child birth.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Simha mukhi: Flowers of this plant are in the shape of lion head.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Vaidya mata: This plant is like mother to doctors.
  • Kaphahari: Which balances Kapha in the body.

7. Reference:

Vasthu guna deepika,Vasthu guna prakashika,Chakradatta, Susrutam, Basavarajeeyam, Bhavaprakashika, Vangasena, Charakasamhita, Vagvatamu, Hareetasamhita, Srijanakalpavalli

8. Caution:

Contraindicated in pregnancy except at birth.

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