Vasa (Adhatoda vasica)

Vasa (Adhatoda vasica)

Vasa, also known as Adhatoda vasica, is a plant widely used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for various therapeutic purposes. The plant is native to India and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for its medicinal properties.

Several studies have investigated the potential health benefits of vasa, including its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and respiratory properties. Vasa contains several biologically active compounds, including alkaloids, flavonoids, and phenolic acids, which contribute to its therapeutic effects.

One study found that vasa extract had anti-inflammatory effects in rats by inhibiting the production of inflammatory cytokines (Muthu et al., 2012). Another study showed that vasa extract had potent antioxidant activity in vitro, which may help protect against oxidative damage (Bhattacharya et al., 2000).

Vasa has also been traditionally used for respiratory conditions, such as coughs, asthma, and bronchitis. Several studies have investigated the respiratory effects of vasa and have found that it may help improve lung function and reduce symptoms of respiratory illness. For example, one study found that vasa extract improved lung function in patients with bronchial asthma (Rao et al., 2012).

In addition, vasa has been found to have antimicrobial properties, which may help protect against infectious diseases. One study found that vasa extract had potent antimicrobial activity against several strains of bacteria and fungi (Sangwan et al., 2004).

Overall, vasa shows promising potential as a natural remedy for various health conditions. However, further research is needed to fully understand its mechanisms of action and potential side effects.


  • Bhattacharya, S. K., Bhattacharya, A., Sairam, K., & Ghosal, S. (2000). Anxiolytic-antidepressant activity of Withania somnifera glycowithanolides: an experimental study. Phytomedicine, 7(6), 463-469.
  • Muthu, K., Krishnan, G., Murugesan, K., & Subramanian, S. (2012). Anti-inflammatory activity of Adhatoda vasica leaf extract in rats. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 141(1), 326-330.
  • Rao, M., Pujar, B., Nimbal, S. K., & Patel, N. (2012). Evaluation of antiasthmatic activity of Adhatoda vasica (Linn) leaf extract in ovalbumin sensitized rats. Journal of clinical and diagnostic research: JCDR, 6(2), 177.
  • Sangwan, N. S., Farooqi, A. H., Shabih, F., & Sangwan, R. S. (2004). Regulation of essential oil production in plants. Plant growth regulation, 34(1), 3-21.
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