Treasures of Nature (Prakriti Ka Khazana) – Vasa

Vasa or Malabar Nut is an evergreen shrub and a medicinal plant which is native to Asia. The plant can be found in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and China. This is a bitter tasting herb extensively used in traditional medicines like Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani. The medicine from Vasa is used to treat cough, cold, asthma, bronchitis and others. It is also used in treating fever, jaundice, diarrhea, dysentery, headache and tuberculosis.

The Vasa is bitter, pungent, astringent, light to digest, rough and has cold potency. It increases Vata and reduces the effect of kapha and pitta. The root, leaf and flower are the parts used.

Medicinal uses of Vasa:

Internal uses:

  • Vasa improves voice quality and relives cough.
  • It aids in pacifying blood disorders like nasal bleeding, blood vomiting or heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • It is used to treat fever and skin diseases.
  • Vasa can help relieve excess thirst.
  • It helps to reduce nausea and vomiting.
  • Urinary tract infections are treated using Vasa.
  • Juice of Vasa is very useful in treating acute bronchitis, asthma and cold.
  • The root bark of Vasa is used to prepare medicines for malarial fever.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, joint pains, lumber pain, sprains and inflammation are treated using leaves of Vasa.
  • Used in treating abdominal problems like dysentery and diarrhea.
  • It tones up the liver and reduces jaundice.
  • The herb is used to treat headache.
  • Used in medicines to cure tuberculosis.

Side effects of Vasa:

  • The medicine is not advisable for pregnant women as it might induce abortion.
  • This medicine should not be taken as self-medication. It needs strict medical supervision to administer the drug.
  • The medicine is not advisable for infants or children.
  • As the medicine contains ‘kshara’ ingredient, long term usage of this medicine might cause decrease in sperm count in men.