Adhatoda vasika (Vasaka)
Vasicine is found to be highest during flowering and low during vegetative growth and it is recommended to collect the plant during March for maximum medicinal value.
Uses and Advance Studies:
• Its used in Herbal Medicines as an expectorant, antispasmodic and other chest affections, in the treatment of tuberculosis, haemorrhages and in helmenthiasis.
• Smoke of leaves give relief from asthma.
• Useful in cough, cold, asthma, fever.
pyrroloquinazoline , vasicine, vasicol, adhatonine, vasicinone, vasicinol, vasicinolone.
Physico Chemical Properties:
Both the alkaloids in combination (1:1) showed pronounced bronchodilatory activity. Vasicine also exhibited strong respiratory stimulant activity, moderate hypotensive activity and cardiac-depressant effect; The cardiac-depressant effect was significantly reduced when a mixture of vasicine and vasicinone was used. Vasicinone (dl-form) showed no effect on the isolated heart, but probably the l-form is a weak cardiac stimulant.