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Adoosa

Adoosa
Adoosa, commonly called as Vasa in Ayurveda, is a popular medicinal plant. All parts of this plant (leaves, flower, root) have medicinal properties. It has a characteristic odor and bitter taste.
Consuming Adoosa powder along with honey is considered to be beneficial in cases of respiratory infections such as whooping cough, bronchitis, asthma as it helps promote the secretion of sputum from the air passages due to its expectorant property. Adoosa (Vasaka) might also help manage the symptoms of arthritis due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces joint pain and swelling associated with arthritis and gout. It also reduces cramps due to its antispasmodic property.
Adoosa is an effective home remedy for managing skin problems. Topical application of fresh Adoosa leaves paste on skin helps manage boils and ulcers by reducing the pain and inflammation in the affected area due to its anti-inflammatory property. Applying Adoosa powder along with honey evenly on the affected area helps to control ringworm, itching and skin rashes due to its antibacterial property. The paste, powder and the root decoction of Adoosa also helps reduce fever by lowering body temperature due to its antipyretic property[2][3][5].

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
Modern Science View
Avoid Adoosa during breastfeeding[4].
Pregnancy
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Modern Science 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. Sunburn
Sunburn occurs when the sun rays increase the Pitta present in the skin and reduce the Rasa Dhatu. Rasa Dhatu is the nourishing fluid which gives color, complexion and glow to the skin. Applying Adoosa paste helps to reduce burning sensation and heal the damaged skin due to its Sita (cold) and Ropan (healing) properties.
Tip:
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 reduce sunburn.

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
Modern Science 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?

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Modern Science 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?

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Modern Science 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
Modern Science 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 dosha 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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