Swarasa

Adulsa Leaf Juice (Adusa Swarasa) Uses in Cough & Bleeding Disorders

The medicinal uses of Adulsa leaves are attributed to its antitussive, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Its leaf juice is the most common home remedy for cough, respiratory diseases and bleeding disorders. It is also a highly effective natural medicine for respiratory infections. In ayurveda, Adulsa juice is also called Adusa Swarasa, Adulsa Swarasa and Vasa Svarasa.

Ingredients

Ingredients Quantity
Adulsa leaves – Adhatoda vasica Q.S.

How to Extract Juice from Adulsa Leaves

  1. Take fresh adulsa leaves.
  2. Wash adulsa leaves properly to remove dust.
  3. Put stone mortar and pestle to make a paste.
  4. Squeeze the ground leaves to get Adusa juice.
  5. Filter it through a clean cotton cloth.
Adulsa Leaves
Adulsa Leaves

Medicinal Properties of Adulsa Juice

The juice of Adulsa Leaves has the following medicinal properties:

  • Antitussive – pacifies a cough.
  • Expectorant – assists in expectoration.
  • Bronchodilator – dilates bronchi.
  • Anti-microbial – kills all microbes and stops their growth.
  • Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation of airways.
  • Antihemorrhagic (styptic) – checks bleeding.
  • Antioxidant.
  • Mild Sedative – relaxes the mind.
  • Anti-bacterial.
  • Anti-viral.

Ayurvedic properties

Taste Bitter, Astringent
Qualities Dry, Light
Potency Cold
Resultant Pungent

Dosha Action

Pacifies Pitta Dosha
Reduces Kapha Dosha

Indications of Adulsa Leaf Juice

The primary indications mentioned in Sahasrayogam and Bhaishajya Ratnavali are given below:

  1. Cough – dominance in symptoms of Pitta and Kapha.
  2. Bleeding disorders.

Bleeding disorders include:

  • Nosebleed (epistaxis).
  • Bleeding piles.
  • Internal bleeding due to any underlying cause.
  • Excessive uterine bleeding.
  • All types of Hemophilia.

In the above diseases, when Pitta Dosha and Kapha Dosha dominates in the disease, Adulsa leaves provide great results, according to ayurvedic principles.

Adusa Leaf

Adulsa Leaf Juice Uses & Benefits

Adulsa juice primary works on airways, lungs and internal soft tissues. Generally, it is taken along with honey for the best results.

Cough

The antitussive and expectorant properties of Adusa leaves help in pacifying cough. Its effects are similar to codeine, a study reported. (1)

It works well if the patient has the following symptoms:

  1. Sputum is thick white, yellowish greenish in color.
  2. Wheezing.
  3. Difficulty in coughing up the sputum.
  4. Fever.

For additional support, patient may also require Sitopaladi churna.

Asthma

Adulsa juice helps to lower inflammation of airways and lungs. It acts as a bronchodilator. It reduces wheezing and improves breathing in asthmatic patients. (23)

For good results, Adulsa juice is given along with fresh ginger juice and honey.

Common Cold

The antiviral and antimicrobial properties of Adulsa leaves help in the common cold. It is beneficial when the nasal discharge becomes thick and yellowish greenish in color. In such cases, Adulsa leaf juice along with honey is useful.

Sinusitis

Adulsa has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. (45)

It lowers the inflammation of sinuses, kills microbes and thus helps in sinusitis. It is also useful for removing pus and fluid from sinuses.

Hemorrhage

Adulsa juice is very effective in reducing nosebleed, internal bleeding and excessive uterine bleeding. In such cases, it is used along with raw sugar and milk.

An alternative remedy is given here: Adhatoda vasica in Bleeding Disorders.

Dosage

The classical ayurvedic dosage of Adulsa leaf juice or Adusa Swarasa is as follows:

Children 0.30 ml per Kg of Body Weight twice daily
Adults 20 ml twice daily

How to Take

Anupan (Adjuvant) Honey
Dosage Frequency  Twice or thrice daily
Medication Time Before a meal or 2 hours after a meal

All parts of Adhatoda Vasica or Vasaka are likely safe to consume as per the dosage described above.

Safety Profile

Adulsa leaves and its juice are likely safe and well-tolerated.

Adulsa Side effects

There are no side effects observed with Adulsa leaves juice.

Pregnancy & Lactation

Adulsa leaves are possibly safe during pregnancy and lactation. In an animal study, it is found safe. (6)

Reference

  1. Sahasrayogam, Chapter 1, Svarasa Yoga, Vasa Svarasa.
  2. Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Chapter 15, Kasa Roga Chikitsa Prakarana, Verse 21.
  3. Chakradatta, Chapter 11, Kasa Chikitsa, Verse 28.

Dr. Jagdev Singh

Dr. Jagdev Singh (B.A.M.S., M. Sc. in Medicinal Plants) is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist. He has successfully treated thousands of patients with Ayurveda (including Herbal Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurvedic Diet). Ayur Times is an initiative of his efforts to bring quality information on Indian Medicine with the highest level of relevancy and scientific evidence.
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