Plant name : Adathodai can “improve the qaulity of voice and cure all respiratory problems”
Botanical name : Adathoda vasica
Family : Acanthaceae
Actions : Expectorant, Anti-spasmodic, Germicide, Diuretic.
Siddha medicinal uses :
- Leaf juice and honey are taken in equal quantity and given three times daily for cough, rakthapitham (Hypertension), Fever, Bronchial asthma and jaundice.
- The samoolam or entire plant is taken decoction is prepared and given in dose of 20 to 30 ml for bloody diarrhoea, bleeding piles etc.
- Entire plant or samoolam – 450 grams, 50 grams of thippili and 50 grams of pepper are crushed and added to two litres of water and boiled and reduced to 1/4 litres. This decoction is given with nei or ghee for cough, tuberculosis and cough with blood.
- Adathodai leaf juice is ground with chandanam. 15 ml of this administered internally twice a day for hypertension.
- For Menorrhagia or Perumpadu (Excessive bleeding while menstruation) 15 ml of Adathodai leaf juice is given with 15 grams of jaggery twice a day for three days.
- Root of Adathodai is ground and rubbed below the umbilicus for easy delivery.
- Decoction of the plant is mixed with honey and given for fever cough and Tuberculosis.
- Juice of the leaf – 1 part is mixed with 1/2 part of Inji charu or honey and boiled to mezhugu patham or state. 15 to 20 ml is given twice a day for bronchial asthma, TB and cough.
- Adathodai root, drakshai and kadukkai are prepared to decoction and given for high BP and bronchial asthma.
Note: Siddha treatment is based on complete physical examination of the patient, Naadi diagnosis, and other diagnostic criteria of the disease. The content given in this article is purely meant for information and education purpose only. Kindly consult a Siddha physician before any sort of self medication.