Adoosa

Adoosa
Adoosa or Ayurveda calls it Vasa is a popular medicinal plant. All parts of this plant (leaves, flower, root) has medicinal benefits. Adoosa has a characteristic odor and a bitter taste. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps to manage diabetes, protects the heart and the liver. It also helps to manage cold, whooping cough, chronic bronchitis and asthma[2][3].

What are the synonyms of Adoosa?

Adhatoda zeylanica, Titabahak, Bahak, Vachaka, Bakas, Basak, Vasaka, Malabar Nut tree , Aradusi, Araduso, Arusa, Aduss, Adusoye, Adalodakam, Adarooshaka, Adulsa, Vasa, Vasanga, Basanga, Vishuti, Bhekar, Vansa, Adatodai, Adda, Saramu, Adusa[1].

What is the source of Adoosa?

Plant Based

Precautions when using Adoosa

Advice from Experts
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Take Adoosa powder with any natural sweetener as it is extremely bitter in taste.
Breastfeeding
scientific
Scientific View
Avoid Adoosa during breastfeeding[4].
Pregnancy
scientific
Scientific View
Avoid Adoosa during pregnancy. It has abortifacient property. It stimulates the uterine contractions. It also promotes the release of prostaglandins. Thus, Adoosa is known to have a property similar to oxytocin hormone[2][4].

Recommended Dosage of Adoosa

  • Adoosa Tablet - 1-2 tablets twice a day.
  • Adoosa Capsule - 1-2 capsules twice a day.
  • Adoosa Powder - ¼-½ teaspoon twice a day.

How to use Adoosa

1. Adoosa Tablets
a. Take 1-2 tablets of Adoosa.
b. Swallow it with water 1-2 times a day.

2. Adoosa Capsule
a. Take 1-2 capsules of Adoosa.
b. Swallow it with water 1-2 times a day.

3. Adoosa Powder
a. Take ¼ - ½ teaspoon of Adoosa powder.
b. Add honey to it or take it with water 1-2 times a day.

4. Adoosa Kwath
a. Take 1/2- 1 teaspoon of Adoosa powder.
b. Add 2 cups of water and boil it.
c. Wait for 5-10 minutes or till the volume reduces to ½ a cup.
d. This is Adoosa Kwath.
e. Take 2-3 teaspoon of this Kwath.
f. Add the same quantity of water to it.
g. Drink it twice a day preferably after meals.

Benefits of Adoosa

1. Joint pain
Adoosa helps to reduce bone and joint pain when applied to the affected area. This is due to its Sita (cold) property.
Tips:
a. Take 1/2-1 teaspoon of Adoosa powder or as per your requirement.
b. Mix it with water to form a paste.
c. Apply to the affected area to manage joint pain.

2. Wound healing
Adoosa helps in quick healing of the wound, decreases swelling and brings back the normal texture of the skin. A paste of Adoosa powder with coconut oil helps in quick healing and reduces inflammation. This is due to its Ropan (healing) and Sita (cold) properties.
Tips:
a. Take 1/2-1 teaspoon of Adoosa powder or as per your requirement.
b. Mix it with coconut oil to form a paste.
c. Apply to the affected area for quick wound healing.

Recommended Dosage of Adoosa

  • Adoosa Powder - ½-1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Adoosa

1. Adoosa fresh Leaves
a. Take 4-5 leaves of Adoosa.
b. Crush to form a paste.
c. Apply it on the boils.
d. Use this remedy once a day to get rid of boils and ulcers.

2. Adoosa Powder
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon of Adoosa powder.
b. Add honey to it.
c. Apply evenly on the affected area.
d. Wait for 2-3 hours.
e. Wash thoroughly with tap water.
f. Use this remedy 2-3 times a week to control ringworm, itching and rashes.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What are the chemical composition of Adoosa?

scientific
Scientific View
Major chemical constituents present in Adoosa possess significant expectorant, bronchodilator and antibacterial properties. The alkaloids vasicine and vasicinone are potent bronchodilators. Vasicinone, an oxidation product of vasicine is a more potent bronchodilator.

Q. What forms of Adoosa is available in the market?

scientific
Scientific View
Adoosa is available in the market under various product forms such:
1. Tablet
2. Capsule
3. Powder
4. Raw herb

Q. Does Adoosa help in digestion?

scientific
Scientific View
Yes, Adoosa helps in digestion by activating the trypsin enzyme. Trypsin is a digestive enzyme that helps in the breakdown of proteins. Thus, Adoosa helps in the digestion and absorption of proteins from the small intestine[2][3].

Q. Can Adoosa be used in case of tuberculosis?

scientific
Scientific View
Yes, Adoosa is useful to fight against tuberculosis infection. Vasicine in Adoosa has mucolytic (dissolves thick mucus) property. It also increases the level of lysosome cells. Lysosome cells helps to kill the harmful micro-organisms and toxins. Thus, can be used as an adjunct therapy in case of tuberculosis[2].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Adoosa can be used in case of tuberculosis. It helps to reduce excess mucus and gives relief from cough due to its Kapha balancing property.

References

  1. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Of India.Part 1 Volume 1.
  2. Ahmad S, Garg M, Ali M, et al.A phyto-pharmacological overview on Adhatoda zeylanica Medic. syn. A. vasica (Linn.) Nees.Natural Product radiance.2009;8(5):549-554.
  3. Alam K, Pathak D, SH Ansari.Phytochemical and Pharmacological Investigations on Adhatoda zeylanica (Medic.): A Review.Pharmacognosy Journal.2010;2(12): 513-519.
  4. WebMD.Malabar nut: Uses, Side effects, Doses, Interactions [Internet].Atlanta [last updated in 2016].
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