The leaves, roots and flowers of Adhatoda vasica also called vasa or vasaka were used extensively in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years to treat respiratory disorders such as asthma.
Adhatoda vasica is considered useful in treating bronchitis, tuberculosis and other lung and bronchiole disorders.
The soothing action helps irritation in the throat and the expectorant will help loosen phlegm deposits in the airway which makes adhatoda a good remedy for a sore throat.
A poultice of the leaves may be applied to wounds for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Some believe the poultice is also helpful in relieving rheumatic symptoms when applied to joints.
It has been used to control both internal and external bleeding such as peptic ulcers, hemorrhoids, and bleeding gums.
In Ayurvedic medicine, adhatoda vasica is used for a multitude of disorders including; leprosy, blood disorders, heart troubles, fever, vomiting, loss of memory, leucoderma, jaundice, tumors, mouth troubles, sore-eye, and gonorrhea.
This herb is known for its antispasmodic, expectorant and blood-purifying qualities.
A juice made from the leaves was used as a treatment for diarrhea and dysentery, and in southern India, the powdered leaves were used to treat malaria. Additionally, it was used as a folk medicine to speed delivery during childbirth.
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