Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Adhatoda vasica


Botanical name : Adhatoda vasica Nees.
Family : Acanthaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Brihat vasa, Brihat vasaka, Vrisha, Vrishaka, Simhasya,

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta
Vipaka: Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Malabar nut
Hindi : Adusa, Arusa
Malayalam : Valiya adalotakam, Peradalotakam.

Distribution – Throughout India, growing wild.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large shrub grows crowded along waste land, roadsides etc. Leaves simple, opposite, ovate-lanceolate, acute or acuminate and shiny. Flowers arise from axillary condensed spikes, white; fruits capsules.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, kapha, cough, bronchitis, asthma, inflammation, hemorrhage, hemorrhoids, diseases of eyes, and bleeding diarrhea. In medicinal value it is less effective than vasa (Adhatoda beddomei)
Useful part : Whole plant.

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