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Barcode data: Justicia adhatoda
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
Adhatoda zeylanica is a plant. It is distributed all over the plains of India and in the lower Himalayan ranges, ascending to a height of 1500 meter. Adhatoda zeylanica belongs to family Acanthaceae. Its leaves contain vasicine, attributing several properties to the use of this plant.
Sanskrit- Vasaka, Hindi- Arusa,
The bronchodilatory and expectorant properties of the leaves are attributed to vasicine. The drug possesses abortification activity and significant antimicrobial activity against gingival inflammation and pyorrhoea.
- Sen, J.N. and Ghosh T.P. Quart. J. Indian Chem. Soc.1, 315 (1925)
- Indian Herbal Pharmacopoeia new edition (2002). Page-37
Justicia adhatoda, commonly known in English as Malabar Nut, Adulsa, Adhatoda, Vasa, or Vasaka, is a medicinal plant native to Asia, widely used in Siddha Medicine, Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine.
J. adhatoda is a shrub with lance-shaped leaves 10 to 15 centimeters in length by four wide. They are oppositely arranged, smooth-edged, and borne on short petioles. When dry they are of a dull brownish-green colour. They are bitter-tasting. When a leaf is cleared with chloral hydrate and examined microscopically the oval stomata can be seen. They are surrounded by two crescent-shaped cells at right angles to the ostiole. The epidermis bears simple one- to three-celled warty hairs, and small glandular hairs. Cystoliths occur beneath the epidermis of the underside of the blade.
Trunk has many, long, opposite, ascending branches, where the bark is yellowish in color. Flowers are usually white and the inflorescence shows large, dense, axillary spikes. Fruits are pubescent, and are with club-shaped capsules.
The leaves of Adhatoda vasica contains phytochemicals such as alkaloids, tannins, saponins, phenolics and flavonoids. The most important is vasicine, a quinazoline alkaloid. The vasicine yield of the herbage has been measured as 0.541 to 1.1% by dry weight.
It is the Unofficial provincial flower of the Punjab province of Pakistan.
- sinhala: pawatta(පාවට්ටා), agaladara (අගලදාර)
- Malayalam: Adalodakam (ആടലോടകം)
- Sanskrit: Sinhapuri, Vasaka (वसाका)
- Hindi: Adosa, Arusha, Rus, Bansa
- Bengali: Adulsa, Bakash,Vasok
- Gujarati: Aradusī, Adulso, Aduraspee, Bansa (અરડૂસી)
- Kannada: Adusogae
- Marathi: Adulsa, Adusa (अडुळसा)
- Oriya: Basanga
- Persian: Bansa
- Punjabi: Bhekkar
- Tamil: Adathodai, pavettai
- Telugu: Adamkabu, Adampaka, Addasaram (అడ్డసరం)
- Nepali: Asuro, Kalo vasak (नेपाली)
- Mizo: Kawldai
- "Common Names for Malabar Nut (Justicia adhatoda)". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- Aslam, Mohd; Rais, Sumbul; Alam, Masood; Pugazhendi, Arulazhagan (2013). "Adsorption of Hg(II) from Aqueous Solution Using Adulsa (Justicia adhatoda) Leaves Powder: Kinetic and Equilibrium Studies". Journal of Chemistry 2013: 1–11. doi:10.1155/2013/174807. ISSN 2090-9063.
- "Facts about for Malabar Nut (Justicia adhatoda)". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- Kumar, M., Dandapat, S., Kumar, A. and Sinha, M.P., Determination of Nutritive value and mineral elements of five-leaf chaste tree (Vitex negundo L.) and Malabar Nut (Adhatoda vasica Nees), Academic Journal of Plant Sciences, 2013; 6(3): 103-108. http://www.idosi.org/ajps/6(3)13/1.pdf
- Kumar, M., Dandapat, S., Kumar, A. and Sinha, M.P. Anti-typhoid activity of Adhatoda vasica and Vitex negundo Persian Gulf Crop Protection, 2013; 2(3): 64-75 http://corpprotection.ir/files_site/paperlist/Journal2-3-130906213336.pdf
- Kumar, M., Kumar, A., Dandapat, S. and Sinha, M. P. Phytochemical screening and antioxidant potency of Adhatoda vasica and Vitex negundo, The Bioscan; 8(2): 727-730, 2013 http://www.thebioscan.in/Journal%20Supplement/82Sup26%20MANOJ%20KUMAR.pdf
- Dr. K. M. Nadkarni's Indian Materia Medica, Volume 1, Edited by A. K. Nadkarni, Popular Prakashan, Bombay, 1976, pp. 40.
Widely used in the Ayurvedic and Unani system of medicine for treating bronchitis, asthma, fever and jaundice on account of the antispasmodic properties of roots and leaves. The leaves contain an alkaloid vasicine and an essential oil.
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