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Vasaka: Adhatoda vasica

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Vasa Powder 2 oz

Vasaka Powder 4 oz

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Useful in Respiratory discomfort specially asthmatic conditions
Useful in acute as well as chronic cough
Increases air component in the body
Useful in all types of skin diseases
Useful in emaciation, under-nutrition and all similar conditions
Useful in bleeding tendencies

Common Name:
Malabar nut (Eng.)

Sanskrit Name:

  • Vasa
  • Vasaka
  • Vasika - Means one which covers a large area, here area coverage stands for a protective cover on the body
  • Singhasya- Means a plant having flowers like the mouth of the lion
  • Vajidanta-Means a plant having white flowers like the teeth of a horse
  • Vrusha- Means one that showers the honey i.e. having a lot of nectar
  • Aatrushaka

Lt. Name:
Adhatoda vasica- Acanthaceae

Bio energetics:

  • Rasa (Taste)- Tikta (Bitter); Kashaya (Astringent)
  • Guna (Characteristics)- Laghu (Light); Ruksha (Rough)
  • Veerya (Potency)- Sheeta (Cool and calm)
  • Vipaka (Post digestion effect)- Katu (Pungent)

Chemical composition of Adhatoda vasica Powder:

The principle constituents of Adhatoda vasica are its several alkaloids, the chief one being vasicine. The leaves contain two major alkaloids called vasicine and vasicinone2,3. The pharmacological activities of vasicine and vasicinone are well known. Recent investigations on vasicine showed bronchodilatory activity comparable to theophylline, both in vitro and in vivo. Both the alkaloids in combination showed pronounced bronchodilatory activity. Vasicine also exhibits strong respiratory stimulant activity. There has also been a report of thrombopoetic4 (platelet-increasing) activity with vasicine. Uterine stimulant activity and moderate hypotensive activity of the alkaloids have been observed. The leaves of Adhatoda vasica are rich in vitamin C, carotene and an essential oil. A study showed that Mycobacterium tuberculosis was inhibited by the essential oil (at a specific concentration).

Effect of Vasaka on Doshas:

Vasaka pacifies Kapha and Pitta Dosha so it can be effectively used in managing the diseases resulting from Kapha and Pitta aggravation.

Therapeutic Uses of Vasa Powder in Ayurveda:

  • Shwashara-It is the best natural remedy for asthma according to Ayurveda
  • Kasahara-It is used as a supplement for acute as well as chronic cough
  • Chhardihara-As per Ayurveda Vasaka Powder relieves in a condition like nausea and vomiting. It has been proven a best ayurveda herb where coughing is followed by vomiting
  • Vatakrit-It increases air component in the body
  • Swarya-A natural supplement to improve voice
  • Hrudya- As a natural herbal remedy it nourishes the heart muscles. Specially used in case of COPD, because it removes congestion from lungs and also strengthens the cardiac muscles.
  • Trid hrit- It alleviates excessive thirst
  • Kushthahara-As it is useful in all types of skin diseases by providing good amount of oxygen to the body.
  • Kshayapaha- It is one of the best Ayurveda herb to nourish the body
  • Raktapittahara- It pacifies the Pitta Dosha and is one of the best Ayurvedic remedy for bleeding disorders

Role of Adhatoda vasica as a health supplememt:

  • Adhatoda vasica is useful in treating bronchitis, tuberculosis and other lung and bronchiole disorders.
  • A decoction of the leaves of Vasamay be used to help with 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.
  • A poultice of the leaves of Vasamay be applied to wounds for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The poultice is also helpful in relieving rheumatic symptoms when applied to joints.
  • Adhatoda vasica is the best natural treatment to control bleeding either internal or external such as blood in sputum, blood with cough, peptic ulcers, piles and bleeding gums.
  • This Ayurvedic herb relaxes the muscles of lungs and remove extra Kapha from the lungs so it is the best herbal remedy for Asthma.
  • Vasa should be with every household in the winters, to combat the weather effects, naturally.
  • Adhatoda vasica is a safe herbal medicine for bronchial spasm as it does not cause any side effect and sleepiness like the other medications of the same range.

Useful part of Vasaka:

Powder of Leaves, flowers and roots

Doses of Vasa:

Powder of leaves- 3-6gms

Some combinations with Vasaka:

Vasavaleha, Vasarishta, Vasa panaka, Vasa chandanadi tail

Some important notes about Vasa Powder:

  • One who takes powder of Vasa routine, lives a life free all diseasesspecially bleeding tendencies, emaciation and cough.

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