REVIEW ON RESEARCH STUDIES OF VASAPATRA (LEAF OF ADHATODA VASICA NEES.)Abstract
Plants have been used for health and medical purposes for several thousands of years. The clinical experience built over many centuries provides a substantial basis for the safe and effective use of herbal medicines, not just as a main form of therapy, but as a complement to the mainstream of western medical treatment in certain diseases. Till today, few plant species that provide medicinal herbs have been scientifically evaluated for their possible medical application and safety. Assurance of the safety, quality, and efficacy of medicinal plants and herbal products has now become a key issue in industrialized and in developing countries. Leaf of Adhatoda vasica Nees, classically known as a Vasapatra, is one of the important medicinal herbs as it was mentioned for the treatment of many diseases like Kasa (a cough), Swasa (dyspnoea), Ksaya (phthisis), Raktapitta (hemorrhagic diseases), Kamala (jaundice) and Kustha (skin disease). Many research studies have been conducted to evaluate its clinical efficacy. Keeping this view, a critical review of Adhatoda vasica Nees, an Ayurvedic medicinal plant, has been carried out based on authentic and scientific information documented in classics and various research studies.
K. Panara *, S. Singh, K. Joshi, A. P. Kumar and N. Karra
Dravyaguna Department, IPGT&RA, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India.
02 December 2013
13 February 2014
28 February 2014
01 March 2014