VASAKA / VASA HERBAL POWDER (ADHATODA VASIKA)Bitter, cold bronchodilator, expectorant, and anti-asthmatic. Lung anti-inflammatory. Aka Malabar Nut
How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Vasaka is excellent for supporting proper function of the lungs. It eliminates excess pitta and kapha from the respiratory tract. Vasaka promotes healthy brochodilation and supports clear, comfortable breathing.
- Supports proper function of the lungs and healthy respiration
- Supports clear, comfortable breathing
- Promotes healthy brochodilation
- Reduces excess pitta and kapha in the lungs
Also known as Malabar Nut, Justicia adhatoda, Justicia vasica.
SUGGESTED USEPlease follow label or as directed by your practitioner.
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Biocharacteristics of Vasaka / Vasa
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Vasaka / Vasa
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Sedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.
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Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.
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An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
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Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
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Herbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.
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Oxytocin stimulates uterine contractions, and prepares the uterus for labor. It has a vasoconstricting effect. Emotionally, it is tribal.
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Causes contractions in the uterus often by stimulating production of oxytocin. These herbs are contraindicated during pregnancy.
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Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Vasaka / Vasa
Fenugreek has these Actions in Common
Uterine-stimulant, Diuretic, Lowers-blood-sugar, Emmenagogue, Oxytocic, Anti-inflammatory, Expectorant
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Abortifacient, Bronchodilator, Emmenagogue, Antimicrobial, Decongestant, Antispasmodic, Diuretic
Hing (Asafoetida) has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Emmenagogue, Antitussive, Expectorant, Abortifacient, Bronchodilator
Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic, Bronchodilator, Expectorant, Decongestant, Mucolytic
Garlic has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Antimicrobial, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Sedative, Alterative
Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common
Antimicrobial, Diuretic, Bronchodilator, Expectorant, Decongestant, Mucolytic
Turmeric has these Actions in Common
Antimicrobial, Lowers-blood-sugar, Alterative, Antispasmodic, Anti-inflammatory, Emmenagogue
Parsley (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Abortifacient, Diuretic, Alterative, Emmenagogue
Cardamom has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Diuretic, Bronchodilator, Expectorant, Decongestant
Dill has these Actions in Common
Antimicrobial, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Abortifacient, Diuretic
Thyme (fresh) has these Actions in Common
Antimicrobial, Decongestant, Antispasmodic, Expectorant, Bronchodilator
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Vasaka / Vasa
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Expectorant, Anti-inflammatory, Sedative, Antimicrobial, Antispasmodic, Bronchodilator, Decongestant, Diuretic, Emmenagogue
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Lowers-blood-sugar, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antispasmodic, Antitussive, Bronchodilator
Yarrow has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Oxytocic, Uterine-stimulant, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antispasmodic
Pushkaramoola has these Actions in Common
Bronchodilator, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Uterine-stimulant, Antispasmodic
Inhale Steam has these Actions in Common
Expectorant, Mucolytic, Anti-inflammatory, Antitussive, Bronchodilator, Decongestant
Kushta has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Bronchodilator, Diuretic, Expectorant, Uterine-stimulant
Jasmine Flower has these Actions in Common
Uterine-stimulant, Alterative, Antitussive, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Oxytocic
Elecampane has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Antitussive, Bronchodilator, Diuretic, Expectorant, Sedative
Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common
Expectorant, Oxytocic, Abortifacient, Antispasmodic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue
Mugwort has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Oxytocic, Uterine-stimulant, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Vasaka / Vasa may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.