Atasi (Linum usitatissimum) – Uses and Benefits


Atasi, commonly known as Flax plant is one of most commonly used herb as an antiallergic and analgesic. The name Atasi itself means that it is very useful in diseases due to Vata dosha. It can be used either internally or externally in various diseases. It is also called Uma as it is a very potent drug in case of diseases due to Vata dosha.

Dr. Gupta’s IAFA have been studying on readily available herbs for the purpose of alleviating allergic condition. Our experts studied on Atasi and proven the plant’s therapeutic activities like Antiallergic, Analgesic, Immuno suppressive, Anti-inflammatory actions etc. Atasi can be used in various diseases like Gout, Pain, Cough, Skin disorders etc. Studies have proven that oil extracted from seeds of Atasi can effectively be used in carpal tunnel syndrome. Seed extracts of Atasi is also proven to pocess analgesic properties. Various studies have proven that it is potent immunosuppressive agent. Nowadays Atasi is also used for treating allergic conditions.

Action of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum in Allergies

IAFA experts have successfully proven the antiallergic property of the plant Atasi. The plant contains phytoconstituents like lignans, pinoresinol, matairesinol, thiamine, riboflavin, niacine, choline, vitamin E, cholesterol etc. These phytoconstituents aids the antiallergic and anti-inflammatory property of Atasi. It can be effectively used against allergic conditions.

Vernacular Names

Sanskrit Name Atasi, Valkala, Uma
Hindi Name Alsi
English Name Flax plant
Malayalam Name Cheruchana vithu
Kannada Name Agasi
Marathi Name Javas

Botanical Name

Linum usitatissimum



Morphology of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

  • Annual herb with taproot system
  • Stem is herbaceous, erect and branched
  • Leaves are linear or linear-lanceolate
  • Inflorescence is scorpioid cyme
  • Flowers are blue or white
  • Fruits are five celled capsule

Ayurveda Reference of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

Ayurveda Reference of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

Geographical Distribution of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

Atasi is cultivated in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.

Phytoconstituents of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

The plant contains phytoconstituents like lignans, pinoresinol, matairesinol, thiamine, riboflavin, niacine, choline, vitamin E, cholesterol etc.

Parts Used of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

  • Seed

Dosage of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

  • Powder (churna) – 3-6 g
  • Paste (kalka) – 3-6 g
  • Oil (taila) – 5-10 ml

Medicinal Properties of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

  • Kasa hara – relieves cough
  • Sulahara – relieves pain
  • Sophahara – relieves swelling
  • Swasahara – relieves asthma
  • Balya – promote strength
  • Kushtaghna – useful in skin diseases
  • Jwaraghna – useful in treating fever
  • Dipana – carminative
  • Pacana – digestant
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Home Remedies of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

Atasi is a small herb seen all over India. It is widely used as a medicine in different diseases in Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine. It contributes to different home remedies. Some of them are:-

  • In Gout (Vatarakta) – A paste is prepared from seeds of Atasi and Ricinus communis and with milk and applied over skin.
  • In Pain (Sula) – Seeds of Atasi is made into a paste with milk and Satahva and applied over skin.
  • In Swelling (Sotha) – Application of paste of Atasi seeds with milk cures swelling.
  • In Cough (Kasa) – Powder of Atasi is taken with honey to cure cough.
  • In Skin diseases (Kushta) – A paste is made of Atasi seeds and milk and applied over skin.
  • As a carminative (Deepana) – Atasi powdered and taken before food. It can act as a carminative.
  • In Fever (Jwara) due to Vata – Decoction made of Atasi is taken to cure fever due to Vata dosha.
  • As strength promoter (Balya) – Atasi is powdered and taken with milk.
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Dr. Gupta’s IAFA has been updating the phytoconstituents and therapeutic actions of all herbs regularly for the past few years. Many research programmes have been conducted on this. All these information is used in the preparation of different medicine. All these are strictly based on classic textbooks of Ayurveda. The aim of IAFA is to provide safe and effective medicine and treatment for all diseases especially allergic reaction. All these are being examined by experienced healthcare professionals.

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Dr. Sahil Gupta completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA) India. He is Registered Ayurvedic Doctor & Vaidya in India having Registration No. 23780. He is the CEO and founder of IAFA. After completing BAMS, Dr. Sahil Gupta started practicing Ayruveda by giving prime importance to allergic disorders management. He became the first Ayurvedic doctor to cure Food Allergies through Ayurveda. Read More About Dr. Sahil Gupta.

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