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Health Benefits of Adhatoda Vasica

In Ayurvedic medicine, malabar nut (Adhatoda vasica) has been used for a multitude of disorders including; bronchitis, leprosy, blood disorders, heart troubles, thirst, asthma, fever, vomiting, loss of memory, leucoderma, jaundice, tumors, mouth troubles, sore-eye, fever, and gonorrhea.

The health benefits of Adhatoda Vasica are:

  • Adhatoda vasica has been used in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years to treat respiratory disorders.
  • It is useful in treating bronchitis, tuberculosis and other lung and bronchiole disorders.
  • A decoction of the leaves can be used as an herbal treatment for cough and other symptoms of colds. The soothing action helps irritation in the throat and the expectorant will help loosen phlegm deposits in the airway which makes adhatoda a good remedy for sore throat.
  • Adhatoda vasica has been used to control both internal and external bleeding such as peptic ulcers, piles and bleeding gums.
  • A poultice of the leaves may be applied to wounds for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The poultice is also helpful in relieving rheumatic symptoms when applied to joints.
  • This herb exhibits antispasmodic, expectorant and blood purifying qualities.
  • It has also been used to speed delivery during childbirth.

Plant Parts Used of Adhatoda vasica: The leaves, roots, flowers and stem bark of this plant are used in medicinal applications.

Dosage: Adhatoda vasica can be an ingredient in many preparations. It can be listed under any of its names. It is important to follow manufacturer’s recommended dosing schedules when taking any supplement.

  • Common dosing: 1 to 3 grams of dried leaves (or equivalent)

Side Effects and Possible Interactions: Adhatoda is considered safe in recommended usage and dosing. The safety of this herb has not been tested in children and should be avoided, unless directed by a medical professional. Use of this supplement is not recommended during pregnancy (except at birth, and then only under the direction of a medical practitioner.) Care should be exercised when taking this herb with other drugs or supplements that exhibit expectorant or antispasmodic effects.