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Adhatoda zeylanica is a plant. It is distributed all over the plains of India and in the lower Himalayan ranges, ascending to a height of 1500 meter. Adhatoda zeylanica belongs to family Acanthaceae. Its leaves contain vasicine, attributing several properties to the use of this plant.
Sanskrit- Vasaka, Hindi- Arusa,
The bronchodilatory and expectorant properties of the leaves are attributed to vasicine. The drug possesses abortification activity and significant antimicrobial activity against gingival inflammation and pyorrhoea.
- Sen, J.N. and Ghosh T.P. Quart. J. Indian Chem. Soc.1, 315 (1925)
- Indian Herbal Pharmacopoeia new edition (2002). Page-37