10 Top Medicinal Uses Of Adhatoda Vasica | Adulsa | Vasaka | Adathodai | Malabar Nut

Adhatoda Vasica is an amazing herb with loads of medicinal uses. Though it is commonly found all over India, not many of us use it in home remedies. It is a very very important herbal plant (shrub) that all of us should get to know.From treating cough and indigestion to haemorrhoids, it does have wide medicinal uses. It is especially known for stopping bleeding conditions like bleeding gums, haemorrhoids, etc… 

Adhatoda Vasica Common Names:

It is popularly called Adhatoda | Vaska | Vasa and it’s scientific name is Adhatoda Vasica | Justicia Adhatoda. It is a common plant that is found all over India and it is widely used in ayurvedic preparations. It is called Adathodai in Tamil and Adosa in Hindi, it is also commonly called as Malabar Nut in English.

Adhatoda Vasica Plant:

All the parts of this amazing plant is used as a medicine and we can use this plant wonderfully in home remedies. It produces beautiful white flowers and it’s shape is said to be like the mouth of the lion. I was just waiting for days, in fact months to photograph the adhatoda flowers. There is a huge adhatoda plant in my uncle’s farm and I was waiting for it to flower so I can take the photographs.

But sadly, the last time it rained the workers had trimmed the plant and I was quite disappointed as I have to wait for another few months to write about this wonderful plant. Two weeks back when I went looking out for herbs in our neighboring forest, there was a huge adhatoda plant with beautiful flowers and I was very happy to take few pictures of it.

Adhatoda Vasica Traditional Uses:

The alkaloids in adhatoda makes it very very effective in getting rid of the phlegm (in fact all cold related diseases) and it also treats indigestion, skin diseases and excessive bleeding. It is very easy to grow this plant and some nurseries do stock up on it. If you can’t get fresh leaves try using adhatoda powder, you get adhatoda powder everywhere now.

Adhatoda Vasica Side Effects:

Adhatoda is best avoided by pregnant ladies and should not be given for very young babies.

10 Top Health Benefits & Medicinal Uses Of Adhatoda Vasica:

1. Adhatoda Vasica For Cough in Adults: 

Adhatoda juice made by grinding the leaves with little bit of water is very effective for treating all cold related problems, especially cough. To make the juice, pound the washed adathoda leaves along with little boiled water and strain to get the juice. The dosage is around 1 tsp of the juice 3 times a day.

2. Adhatoda Vasica For Removing Phlegm in Adults:

For treating phlegm, take 6 to 7 leaves of adhatoda and boil it along with a cup of water, once it boils take a small piece of dry ginger, pound and add it to the mixture. Strain, mix it with pure honey and drink for 3 days in the morning.

3.  Adhatoda Vasica | Adulsa Cough Syrup For Kids:

This cough syrup for kids is very very effective and can be given for children from 2 years on wards. To make the syrup, take fresh adhatoda leaves and steam it in idli maker or steamer. Once the leaves are steamed, take the leaves in your hands and crush to get the juice. Take 1/8 tsp of the juice, mix with honey and give it to children to treat phlegm.

4. Adhatoda Vasica For Bleeding Gums:

Fresh adhatoda leaves are very effective in treating bleeding gums. To treat, take the leaves and pound it finely into a paste using mortar and pestle. Take the paste and rub it gently in the gums, this can be done daily till one gets good relief.

5. Adhatoda Vasica For Indigestion:

Adhatoda is also very good in treating indigestion and flatulence. To treat, collect the fresh juice of adhatoda by pounding it in mortar and pestle along with little boiled water and strain. Mix 2 tsp of the juice with 1/2 tsp of fresh ginger juice and take, this will give good relief. You can take it twice a day, both morning and evening. This mixture also improves appetite.

6. Adhatoda Vasica For Excessive Bleeding:

For women who experience excessive bleeding during menstruation adhatoda will give good relief. To treat, take 5 to 6 leaves and pound to get the fresh juice like mentioned above and take it both morning and evening. Adhatoda extract can also be effectively used for treating all kinds of bleeding.

7. Adhatoda Vasica  For Skin Diseases:

Adhatoda is excellent for treating all skin related diseases. Adhatoda is cooling in nature and it’s juice can be used as a poultice for treating all kinds of skin diseases as it is very soothing. To use, pound the leaves into a fine paste and apply as a poultice over the affected area.

8. Adhatoda Vasica For Hemorrhoids:

Adhatoda’s leaf juice is very effective for treating bleeding piles too. One teaspoon of the fresh juice taken twice a day will greatly help. You can also buy it in pill form and take it according to the instructions given.

9. Adhatoda Vasica For Inflammation:

Adhatoda has got anti inflammatory properties and it can be used as an external poultice for treating all the inflammations. For rheumatic pain, inflamed joints, bleeding wounds, adhatoda can be applied as a poultice.

10. Adhatoda Vasica For Asthma:

Like datura, adhatoda leaves smoke is used for treating asthma. The leaves when dried and smoked gives good relief for asthma patients. But don’t try this remedy if you are allergic to smoke..



  1. Unknown
    January 19, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    I have Vasaka leaf tea. I have found it aids quite nicely for bronchial distress.

  2. Lunaea
    April 24, 2017 / 12:59 am

    Is this herb considered safe for nursing moms?

    • Anonymous
      May 27, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      yes there is no known side effects heard.

    • nav
      July 10, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Vasaka/Burg-e-Aroosa (برگ اڑوسہ, برگ بانسہ) also known as Adhtoda Vasica Nees, is amazing for its natural health benefits. It is found in India and it is broadly utilized as a part of ayurvedic arrangements. It is utilized as a part of treating asthma, bronchitis and overabundance mucous condition.Its advantages incorporates:Vasaka is very effective for treating all cold related problems, especially cough.It is exceptionally powerful in treating bleeding gums.Vasaka is cooling in nature and its juice can be utilized as a poultice for treating a wide range of skin illnesses as it is exceptionally mitigating.It is exceptionally powerful to treat bleeding piles as well.Safety measures:Individuals with diabetes ought to utilize this pharmaceutical with care, since it diminishes glucose levels. Thus, the measurement should be adjusted determinedly.It is protected to use in kids above 1 year of age.It should be avoided in pregnancy. Can be used in lactation, under medical supervision.

  3. Nish
    September 24, 2017 / 1:53 am

    I lost my voice suddenly and for the past 2 months when I try to talk it is broken… Couldn't communicate anything. Will this herb help me get cured?

  4. Anonymous
    November 7, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Nice information thank you

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