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Malabar Nut, Vasaka

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Latin Name : Adhatoda zeylanica Medic., Adhatoda vasica Nees (Acanthaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name : Vasa, Shwetavasa, Vasaka, Arusa, Bansa
Urdu Name : Berge Arusa, Berge Adusa, Berge Bansa

General information :
Malabar Nut Tree is well-known in Ayurveda as a treatment for respiratory ailments, particularly as an expectorant in bronchitis. The leaves, flowers, fruits and roots are used extensively for treating cold, cough, whooping cough, chronic bronchitis and asthma.

Therapeutic constituents :
Malabar Nut contains the pyrroquinazoline alkaloids, including vasicine, vasicol and vasinone along with other minor constituents. The alkaloids present in the plant show significant protection against allergen-induced bronchial obstruction.

Key therapeutic benefits :

  • Malabar Nut exhibits anti-inflammatory, antitussive and bronchodilatory action, which eases congestion and coughing by loosening and thinning mucus in the airways.
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