Binomial name: Justicia adhatoda
Adathodai, commonly known in English as Malabar nut, adulsa, Adathodai, vasa, and vasaka, is native to Asia.
Adhatodai is a shrub with long, lance-shaped leaves measuring 8-9 cm in length and 4 cm in width. When dry, leaves have a dull brownish-green hue. The taste is bitter.
Flowers generally have white petals, and their stalks produce dense, axillary flower spikes. Fruits have a pubescent surface and produce club-shaped capsules.
Adhatoda is an ayurvedic herb that supports respiratory health. This plant has numerous healing properties and can be used to treat problems like coughing, colds, nasal congestion, sore throat, asthma, bronchitis, and other upper respiratory tract infections, as well as bleeding disorders.
Here are some benefits of Adathodai
Treats Cold And Cough
Adathoda is often used to treat common cold, cough, and flu symptoms due to its anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and expectorant properties. Additionally, it can relieve chest and nasal congestion and eliminate excess mucus. It also treats respiratory issues like asthma, bronchitis, and sinusitis.
Supports a Healthy Digestive System
Adathodai can stimulate digestion. This plant is used to aid digestion by breaking down food particles in the stomach and intestine, as well as boosting the secretion of digestive juices for better nutrient absorption in the gut. In addition, by reducing abdominal gas, it relieves bloating and cramps, as well as flattens your tummy.
This herb is an effective heart tonic and incredibly beneficial for purifying blood. This herb can effectively manage blood count and pressure. It also stops the formation of blockages and clotting in the arteries, which can lead to heart blockages.
Adathodai has numerous antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties that make it an excellent choice for fighting off infections. The active elements from the Adathohda plant bolster immunity and fight bacteria. In addition to protecting against bacterial and fungal infections such as fever, tuberculosis, and dengue, it also prevents allergic reactions on the skin.
The leaves of Adathodai are well-known for their anti-ulcer properties. They are beneficial in reducing ulcers and sores throughout the body and helping with bleeding disorders.
Reduces Pain And Inflammation
Adathodai's bioactive components possess analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving qualities, providing effective relief from arthritis and joint pain. In addition, it helps treat joint pain by reducing uric acid levels in the body.
Uremia is a long-term disorder caused by a build-up of urea and other toxic waste products in the blood that the kidneys can no longer filter out. The active ingredients in Adathodai remove toxins from the body and support urinary functions.
Improves Skin Health
The essential alkaloids in Adathodai have antibacterial and antioxidant properties, which are beneficial for treating skin issues such as acne, warts, boils, eczema, blisters, and itching. Using products with Adathodai extract or oil can even out skin tone, clear pores, and reduce the signs of aging for a more beautiful complexion. In addition, Adathodai juice has antiseptic properties that can help protect against wounds and injuries and promote healing.
Dr. Vandana K.