Vasaka herb medicinal plant by Ray Sahelian, M.D.
April 12, 2016

Adhatoda vasica Nees, commonly known as Vasaka, is a well-known plant in indigenous systems of medicine and is used as an Ayurvedic herb for some lung conditions such as bronchitis. Vasaka may also be useful in cases of ulcer.

As of 2016, I could not find published human studies with Vasaka.

Anti-ulcer activity of Adhatoda vasica Nees.
J Herb Pharmacother. 2006. Shrivastava N, Srivastava A, Nivsarkar M. Department of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, B.V. Patel Pharmaceutical Education & Research Development Centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
The present investigation was carried out to study the anti-ulcer activity of Vasaka leaves using two ulcer models (1) Ethanol-induced, and (2) Pylorus ligation plus aspirin-induced models. Vasaka leaf powder showed anti-ulcer activity in experimental rats when compared with a control. The highest degree of activity (80%) was observed in the ethanol-induced ulceration model. In addition to its classically established pharmacological activities, the Vasaka plant also has immense potential as an anti-ulcer agent of great therapeutic relevance.

Microbiol Res. 2013. Detoxification of aflatoxin B1 by an aqueous extract from leaves of Adhatoda vasica Nees.

J Ethnopharmacol. 2014. Ethnobotanical study of Kani tribes in Thoduhills of Kerala, South India. India is having a rich vegetation with a wide variety of plants, because of the extreme variations in geographical and climatic conditions prevailing in the country. Plants have been used since ancient times for the treatment of various ailments. Especially, Kani tribal communities in Thodu hills of Kerala meet their healthcare needs by using non-timber minor forest products and preparations based on traditional knowledge. They still depend on medicinal plants and most of them have a basic knowledge of medicinal plants which are used for first aid remedies, to treat cough, cold, fever, headache, poisonous bites and some simple ailments. The high degree of consensus among the informants suggests that the current use and knowledge is still strong. The efficacy and safety of all the reported ethnomedicinal plants needs to be evaluated for phytochemical and pharmacological studies, especially the plants with high informant consensus factor, use value and fidelity level should be given priority to carry out bioassay and toxicity studies. We recommend the plants Plumbago zeylanica, Ocimum tenuiflorum, Artocarpus hirsutus, Andropogon muricatus, Helicteres isora, Coscinium fenestratum and Justicia adhatoda with high UV and RI values. Biophytum sensitivum, Curculigo orchioides, Strychnos nux-vomica, Gossypium hirsutum, Artocarpus heterophyllus, Elephantopus scaber, Pergularia daemia and Pyrrosia heterophylla (newly reported claims with highest FL) for further ethnopharmacological studies for the discovery of potential new drugs.