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Lets know about Vasaka(বাসক গাছ)
« on: October 29, 2018, 11:37:48 PM »
Plant Description:Vasaka is a tall, branched, dense evergreen shrub of about 2.2-3.5
meters height. It has large leaves. Its flowers are white in color with some purple. Its
fruits are capsular with four seeds.

Local Name:Bashok, Harbakash
English Name:Malabar nut
ScientificName:Justicia adhatoda

Scientific Classification:
 Domain: Eukaryota
 Kingdom: Plantae
 Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
 Superdivision:Spermatophyta
 Division: Magnoliophyta
 Class: Magnoliopsida
 Subclass: Asteridae
 Order: Scrophulariales
 Family: Acanthaceae
 Genus: Justicia
 Species: Justicia adhatoda

Local area:
 Bangladesh
 Sri-lanka
 Nepal
 India
 Pakistan
 Indonesia
 Malaysia
 China
 panama

Plant Type: Sub-herbaceous bush
Plant Duration: perennial shrub

Plant usable  Parts:
 Fresh,
 dried mature leaves,
 roots,
 flowers,
 bark

Chemical Constituents:
 The leaves of Adhatoda vasica
tannins, siphoning, phenolic and
 The most important constituent is
 It also contains Adhatodine, Adhatonine, Adhavasinone, Anisotine, Vasakine,
Vasicinol, Vasicinolone, Vasicinone, Vasicol, Beta sitosterol, Betaine etc
contains phytochemicals such as alkaloids,
vasicine ,a quinazoline alkaloid
.Medicinal Uses:
 Abortifacient: induces abortion.
 Anthelmintic: expel parasitic worms (helminths) and other internal parasites
from the body.
 Anti-asthmatic: Against asthma.
 Anti-inflammatory: Reduces swelling. It possess strong antiinflammatory
 Antioxidant: Neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals and other substances.
 Antiseptic: Capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of
infectious agents.
 Antitussive: prevent or relieve a cough. Animal studies show that Adhatoda
extract exerts considerable antitussive activity comparable to codeine due to the
presence of vasicinone and vasicinol.
 Antiulcer: tending to prevent or heal ulcers.
 Bronchodilator: causes widening of the bronchi. Vasicine and vasicinone
possess in vitro and in vivo bronchodilatory activity and inhibit allergeninduced bronchial obstruction.
 Expectorant: promotes the secretion of sputum by the air passages, used to
treat coughs.
 Hepatoprotective: Protects liver.
 Oxytocic: Hastening or facilitating childbirth, especially by stimulating
contractions of the uterus.
 Rubefacient: produces redness of the skin on topical application by causing
dilation of the capillaries and an increase in blood circulation.
 Wound healing: Vasak increases rate of healing.Contraindication:
 Its medicinal formulations should be taken only after consultation of physician.
 Larger doses can cause irritation and vomiting.
 It is not recommended during pregnancy except in assisting delivery.
 Expecting mother shouldn’t take vasaka as it heavily impacts the uterus.
 Care should be exercised when taking this herb with other drugs or supplements
that exhibit expectorant or antispasmodic effects.
 It lowers the blood sugar level, therefore diabetic patients should care of it.
 Children shouldn’t use it.