Adhatoda vasica (Malabar nut) is a shrub native to Asia, commonly known as Vasaka, that grows also in Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, and the Pothohar region of Pakistan, and in the Pharwala area . This herb has been used for treatment of various diseases and disorders in Ayurveda and Unani systems of medicine .
Adhatoda vasica (Malabar nut) is known for its multiple traditional medicinal uses in folk medicine, where it is used, among others, to treat asthma and cough . Extracts of Adhatoda vasica bark, leaves, and flower have also been used to erradicate living red spider mites and eggs from leaves , where this plant has also shown certain efficacy. The leaf of Adhatoda vasica (Vasaka) is an important drug of Ayurveda, where it is prescribed as an expectorant . Other uses reported from this plant include its use in the indigenous system of medicine of Naga tribes in India for curing intestinal worm infections. Image: Justicia adhatoda by Shihchuan under Creative Common license (CC BY-SA 2.0).
Common name: Malabar nut, Malabar chestnut, White vasa, Yellow vasa, Vasaka.