Benefits of Vasaka(Malabar nut)

Vasaka is a large evergreen glabrous perennial shrub, growing all over the plains of India and Sri Lanka. Vasa means ‘perfume’. It is a powerful bronchodilator and expectorant.

Benefits of Vasaka: Asthma, Bronchitis, cough, TB, fever, epilepsy, insanity, arthritis, diarrhea, hepatitis.

Action: Expectorant, diuretic, antispasmodic, alterative .

Scientific name: Justicia adhatoda.

Useful part: Leaves, root, flowers, bark.

Dosage: 0.5–1.5g per day powdered leaf or 2.5–7.5ml per day.

Energetics

Rasa (taste): Bitter, astringent

Vırya(energy): Cold

Vipaka (post-digestive effect):Pungent

Guna (quality): Light, dry

Dosa effect: KP−, V+

Dhatu(tissue): Plasma, blood, fat

Srotas (channel): Respiratory, circulatory, digestive

Classical and common names

Ayurvedic: Vaasaa, Vaasaka, Vaasikaa, Simhaasya, Simhaparni, Simhavadanaa, Vaajidanta, Vrisha, Aataruushaka.

English: Malabar Nut, Vasaca.