Vasa is an Ayurvedic herb commonly used for relieving symptoms of respiratory ailments.
Known for its ability to soothe inflammation, Vasa has been found beneficial in helping support better breathing and removing excess phlegm from the respiratory tract.
Vasa’s bitter and astringent nature may be useful for supporting the treatment of bronchitis and for removing harmful toxins from the body.
Vasa has been used in the indigenous system of medicine in India for over 2000 years. It is a well-known drug in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine. The frequent use ofÂ A. vasicaÂ has resulted in its inclusion in the WHO manualÂ The Use of Traditional Medicine in Primary Health Care, which is intended for health workers in South-East Asia to keep them informed of the therapeutic utility of their surrounding flora. In this manual,Â A. vasicaÂ is recommended for making sputum more fluid and for the treatment of cough, asthma and bleeding piles, and it can be used for both adults and children for a long period.
The major alkaloid of the plant, vasicine, has been found to be biologically active and is the subject of many chemical and pharmacological studies. Around 1977 it was discovered that vasicine possesses uterine stimulating activity with similar effect as oxytocin. The extracts of the plant has been shown to possess anti-allergic, anti-asthmatic, hypoglycaemic activity,Â bronchodilatory activity (1).
- Claeson UP, Malmfors T, Wikman G, Bruhn JG. Adhatoda vasica: a critical review of ethnopharmacological and toxicological data. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2000;72(1):1-20.
Dosage and Directions
Â½Â teaspoon mixed with honey,Â twice a day or as directed by your practitioner.
Store in a cool, dry place (below 30Â°C) away from direct sunlight.