Adulsa extract or Vasa or Vasaka (Latin name : Adhatoda Vasica)is an important Herb growing on plains of all India and in the lower Himalayans, up to a range of 1000 meters above sea level. This plant is also cultivated in other tropical areas. It grows well in low moisture areas and dry soils. The leaves, roots and flowers of Adhatoda vasica are used extensively in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years to help to recover from respiratory disorders such as asthma, inflammation in bronchus, cough and other lung & bronchiole disorders. The soothing action of Vasaka helps irritation in the throat and the expectorant action will help loosen phlegm deposits in the airway& expel it out.
In Ayurveda it is mentioned that Adulsa or Vasa has Kapha/ pitta dosha reducing properties, helps to reduce extra heat from the body. Vasaka powder supports purification of toxic blood and fever reducing properties. Adulsa powder also helps to maintain proper functioning of heart and blood glucose level.
Chemical analysis of Vasaka has found presence of alkaloid Vasicine which has shown remarkable Bronchodilator activity. Adulsa powder should be given regularly in morning & evening empty stomach with warm water or honey to help to relieve symptoms of cough & breathlessness due to spasms in bronchi. It has been used to help control both internal and external bleeding such as peptic ulcers, haemorrhoids and bleeding gums. Water extract of Vasaka powder helps adequate intake of oxygen & proper functioning of Lungs, which in turn provides oxygenated blood to Heart muscles & various organs.
External – A hot fomentation of dried leaves powder with hot water on Joints helps to reduce pain and inflammation.