Adulsa 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. Vasa or Vasaka is also cultivated in other tropical areas in low moisture 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 and bronchial disorders. The soothing action of Vasaka helps to reduce irritation in the throat and the expectorant action will help loosen phlegm deposits in the airway and expel it out.
In Ayurveda it is mentioned that Adulsa or Vasa has Kapha / pitta dosha pacifying properties, and 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 the heart and blood glucose level.
Scientific chemical analysis of Vasaka has found the presence of alkaloid Vasicine which has shown remarkable Bronchodilator activity. Adulsa powder should be given regularly in the morning and evening empty stomach with warm water or honey to help to relieve symptoms of cough and breathlessness due to spasms in bronchi. Vasa has been used to help control both internal and external bleeding due to stomach ulcers, haemorrhoids and bleeding gums. Water extract of Vasaka powder supports adequate intake of oxygen and proper functioning of Lungs, which in turn provides oxygenated blood to Heart muscles and various organs.
External – A hot fomentation of dried leaves powder with hot water on Joints may help to reduce pain and inflammation.
Benefits of Vasaka AKA Asulsa
1) Remedies Cough And Cold
Vasaka holds high significance in treating the common cold, cough and flu symptoms. It also reduces chest and nasal congestion, gets rid of excess sputum and stops nasal discharge.
2) Promotes Gut Health
Vasaka is a powerful digestive stimulant. The carminative and appetite-stimulant properties of the herb help in breaking down food particles in the stomach and intestine, promote the secretion of the digestive juices and thereby increase the absorption of essential nutrients through the intestines.
3) Purifies Blood
Being a potent cardiac tonic, the herb is extremely essential in purifying the blood. It effectively improves blood count, manages blood pressure and hence prevents a host of heart rhythm disorders.
4) Prevents Infections
helps reduce the risk of various bacterial and fungal infections like fever, tuberculosis, dengue, etc but also prevents allergic conditions on the skin.
5) Heals Ulcers
Vasaka leaves are famed for their anti-ulcer properties. It plays a pivotal role in reducing ulcers and sores in various parts of the body. It also helps in treating bleeding disorders and offers a potent remedy for peptic and duodenal ulcers.
6) Relieves Pain And Inflammation
Vasaka offers extensive relief from pain and inflammation in case of arthritis and joint pain.it is also used to treat painful muscle spasms, sore muscles, arthritic conditions, and other inflammatory situations.
7) Treats Uremia
Uremia is a chronic condition that arises due to a raised level of urea and other nitrogenous waste compounds in the blood that are normally excreted by the kidneys.
8) Augments Skin Health
The host of anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties of the essential alkaloids in vasaka plays a crucial role in treating skin infections like acne, warts, boils, eczema, blisters, itching etc.
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