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Malabar Nut

Scientific name of Malabar Nut: Adhatoda vasica / Adhatoda beddomei

Name  of Malabar Nut in different languages: 

Sanskrit: Vasa, Vasaka

Hindi: Adusa

Malayalam: Adalodakam-ആടലോടകം, Chittadalodakam-ചിറ്റാടലോടകം.

Plant description:

Malabar nut or Vasaka is an  evergreen/ perennial shrub has leathery leaves, it  grows up to 8 feet tall, commonly found in normal climates of India, leaves are dark green in color and size 10 cm to 15 cm in length and 3 cm to 5 cm wide with lance-shaped, they are bitter in taste. The trunk has many ascending branches, bark is yellowish color, flowers are white and fruits are with club-shaped capsules.

Useful plant parts:

Leaf, bark, root, and flower.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Lanceolate Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulate
 lanceolate-ointed-at-both-ends  Margin_Entire  Recticulate

Medicinal uses:

To treat bronchial problems like cough, cold, whooping-cough, asthma and bronchitis , prevent bleeding, Fever, Tuberculosis, Chest pain and heal wound.

Chemical content:

Carotene and Vitamin-C, vasisen ( increase platelet count).

How to prepare medicines:

Ground root pulp applied on the bottom belly of pregnant ladies to make delivery easily. One tablespoon leaf juice mix with one tablespoon honey drink thrice a day can cure the chronic-cough. Using as an ingredient in many of Ayurveda medicines.

Crushed leaves can applied  skin ailments, it is beneficial to treat worms and Rheumatoid Arthritis (Amavatam). It is also effective to relive the rheumatic pain of dislocated joint. 

Malabar Nut is the one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-

Vasachandanadi Taila

Vyaghri Tailam

Maha Vishagarbha Tailam

Prameha Mihira Taila 

Duralabharishtam

Jeerakadyarishtam

Devadarvyarishtam 

Vasakadyarishtam 

Kanakasavam

Patoladi Ghrita

Vajraka Ghrita

Tonset Capsule

Balajeerakadhi Kashyam

Darvyadi Kashaya

Elakanadi Kashayam

Gojihwadi Kashaya

Jeevanthyadi Kashayam

Kutajashtaka Kashaya

Mahatiktam kashayam

Patoladi Kashayam

Rasnairandadi Kashayam

Vasaguluchyadi Kashayam

Vajrakam Kashayam 

Prameha Mihira Taila 

Maha vishagarpha Thailam

Dadhika Ghrita

Maha Triphaladi Ghrita

Mahatiktaka Ghrita 

Panchatikta Guggulu Ghrita

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