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Vasa (Adhatoda vasica)

Vasa – Adhatoda vasica

Vasa commonly known as Malabar nut is one most significant herb used in Ayurveda. The name ‘Vasa’ itself means that plant alleviates many diseases and restores the health. The word ‘Adhatoda’ is derived from its Malabar name ‘Adalodaka’ and ‘vasica’ indicates its fragrance. Vasa is found abundantly through out India and is one of the most useful herb ever found.


Vasa is useful in many diseases like Hemorrhage, Fever, Cough, Asthma, Skin allergies, Jaundice, Anorexia etc. Malabar nut have properties like bronchodilation, expectorant, abortificient, hypoglycemic etc. Dr.Gupta’s IAFA experts are consistently working on Vasa to found out more medicinal properties of the plant. Through various research studies, IAFA scholars has proven the detoxification action of aqueous extracts of leaves of Vasa. The phytoconstituents present in the plant have antiinflammatory and antimicrobial actions. Vasa can be used effectively to treat oedema. The methanolic fraction of leaves of Vasa have larvicidal activities against Aedes aegypti vectors. The anti ulcer activities of the plant are also well known. Our experts have also proven the antiallergic activities of Vasa.

Action of Vasa – Adhatoda vasica in Allergies

The plant Vasa contains phytoconstituents like quinazoline derivatives such as vasicine, beta sitosterol, kaempferol, peganine, adhatodine and anisoline which aids in the antiallergic property of the herb. Vasa is effectively used to treat skin allergic conditions. The leaves of the plant are used as an ingredient in the preparation of Skin allergic diseases. IAFA, through various studies has successfully proven the antiallergic property of Vasa.

Vernacular Names and Botanical Classification

Botanical nameAdhatoda vasica Nees. (Adhatoda zeylanica Medicus), Adhatoda beddomei
FamilyAcanthaceae (Vasa Kula)
Vernacular Names 
Hindi name Adosa, Arusha, Rus, Bansa, Adusa
Sanskrit nameVasa, Vasaka, Vasika, Vasayati Acchadayati, Simhi, Simhasya, Medanta, Vrisha, Vrusha, Varshati, Madhu, Atarusha, Atarooshaka, Bhishagatma
English name Malabar Nut
Tamil nameEadadad, Adathodai
Bengali nameAdulsa, Bakash, Vasok Punjabi Name-Vamsa, Bhekkar
Marathi nameAdulsa, Adusa
Telgu nameAddasaramu, Adam Kabu, Adampaka
Gujrati nameAdusol, Aradusī, Also, Aduraspee, Bansa
Kannada nameAdusogae, Adu muttada soppu
Malayalam nameAdolakam

Ayurvedic Reference of Vasa – Adhatoda vasica

Parts Used of Vasa – Adhatoda vasica

  • Leaf
  • Root
  • Flower
  • Whole plant

Preparation and dosage of Vasa – Adhatoda vasica

  • Powder (choornam) – 1-3 gm per day
  • Juice (swaras)– 20-30ml per day
  • Decoction (kashayam)-50-100ml per day
  • Ghrita (herbal ghee) 5-10 grams once or twice a day before food

Medicinal Properties and Uses of Vasa – Adhatoda vasica

  • Food allergy: eliminates aam visha (free radical) and stimulate agni (digestive fire), hence helps to reduce vomiting sensation and digestive disorders like in food allergic conditions. 
  • Nasal allergy: found very effective in breathing problems, cough and cold, asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis and bronchitis.
  • Skin allergy: krimighan (helps to remove intestinal worms), kanduhara (relieves in generalized pruritis).
  • Diuretic: relieves in hypertension and in kidney related disorders.

Home remedies of Vasa – Adhatoda vasica

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical system have provided various herbal remedies to the world. Vasa is one among the herbs, which is popularly used in various conditions as home made preparations.

  • In Hemorrhage (Rakthapitta) – Fresh leaves of Vasa are collected and made decoction. It is then taken along with honey and sugar at a dose of 60 ml.  Drinking this decoction can cure Hemorrhage. 
  • In Cough (Kasa) – Vasa leaves are collected and crushed well. It is then made into decoction and drinking this at a dose of 60 ml can immediately cure cough.
  • In Fever (Jwara) – The juice of the leaves are taken along with Sugar and honey. This mixture can cure Fever.
  • In Jaundice (Kamala) – Fresh leaves of Vasa are collected and squeezed well to obtain juice. Oral intake of this juice for a period of 7 days along with honey will alleviate Jaundice. 
  • In Hoarseness of voice – The leaves of Vasa are collected and dried in sunlight. It is then powdered well and taken along with honey. 
  • In Asthma (Swasa) – Drinking the decoction made with leaves of Vasa for a period of 14 days will improve asthmatic conditions. 
  • In Vomiting (Chardi) – The leaves are collected and squeezed very well to obtain the juice. Smelling this juice can avoid vomiting. 
  • In Skin allergic conditions (Kushta) – The powder of leaves of Adhatoda vasica and Azadirecta  indica are mixed well with ghee. Applying this paste on skin can alleviate skin allergic conditions  

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

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