Detoxifies blood, expels mucus, relieves thirst and fever.
Cures anorexia, Bronchitis , Epistaxis and COPD.
Dosage : 3-6 gms with warm water or honey or as advised by the physician.
Vasa (Adathoda vasica) Powder is a very effective bronchodilator for treating asthma, bronchitis and copd. It is also used for treating allergic inflammations and epistaxis.
Bronchitis and Asthma In acute stages of bronchitis it gives unfailing relief, especially where the sputum is thick and sticky or if mixed with blood. It liquefies the sputum so that it is brought up more easily. It means it has the mucolytic property. In such cases, the powder is taken with honey.
Tuberculosis In Ayurveda, a preparation made from Vasa flowers known as gulkand is used to treat tuberculosis. A few fresh petals of Vasa/ Asuro/ Malabar Nut flowers should be bruised and put in a pot. Some sugar crystals are added and the jar kept in the sun. It should be stirred every morning and evening. The preserve is ready for use in about a month. Even the juice from its leaves is useful in treating T.B. about 30 ml of the juice thrice of a day with honey. It relieves the irritable cough by its soothing action on the nerve and by liquefying the sputum, which makes expectoration easier.
Cough For coughs, some leaves of the plant are boiled in water, strained and mixed with 3 times more honey. This decoction provides relief (honey should be added after the decoction becomes lukewarm). Similarly a confection of the plant flowers eaten in doses of 12 grams twice daily relieves cough.
Intestinal worms: Its leaves, bark, the root-bark, the fruit and flowers are useful in the removal of intestinal parasites. The decoction of its root and bark in doses of 30 grams twice or thrice a day for 3 days can be for this purpose. This juice of its fresh leaves can also be used in doses of a teaspoon thrice a day for days.
Diarrhea and Dysentery. Due to its astringent taste it is also useful in treating the diarrhoea and Dysentery. Skin Diseases.
A poultice of its leaves can be applied with beneficial results over fresh wounds, rheumatic joints and inflammatory swellings. So it has Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory properties. A warm decoction of its leaves is useful in treating scabies and other skin diseases.
Laryngitis : One teaspoon of juice or powder of vasak a with one teaspoon of honey cures hoarseness voice in a week.
Precautions : This herb has to be taken under doctor's supervision by diabetics as it can lower blood sugar abnormally.