Adhatoda zeylanica

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This article is about the plant Adhatoda zeylanica. For herb, see Vasaka.

Adhatoda zeylanica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Acanthaceae
Genus: Adhatoda
Species: A. zeylanica
Binomial name
Adhatoda zeylanica

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,

Chemical constituents[edit]

A Bioactive pyrroloquinazoline alkaloid, Vasicine, about 1.3%.[1]

Therapeutic category[edit]

Bronchodilatory and Expectorant [2]


The bronchodilatory and expectorant properties of the leaves are attributed to vasicine.[2] The drug possesses abortification activity and significant antimicrobial activity against gingival inflammation and pyorrhoea.[2]


  1. ^ Sen, J.N. and Ghosh T.P. Quart. J. Indian Chem. Soc.1, 315 (1925)
  2. ^ a b c Indian Herbal Pharmacopoeia new edition (2002). Page-37