Adulsa / अडुळसा / Malabar Nut / Justicia adhatoda L.

Other Names

  • Local Name: Adulsa / अडुळसा
  • Common Name: Malabar Nut
  • Botanical Name: Justicia adhatoda L.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Shrub
  • Occurrence: Open Plains and Fields
  • Season of Availability: Evergreen - All Year Round
  • Geography: South and Southeast Asia
  • Method of Propagation: Seeds or stem cuttings
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds or stem cuttings

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Leaves
  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes
  • Ripe: Yes
  • Both Raw & Ripe: Yes
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A
  • As Food: N/A
  • As Medicine: Decoction of leaves is used to cure cough and diarrhea; poultice of Adulsa leaves is used to treat wounds due to
    their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Cooking Method: - The leaves are dampened and pounded to extract the juice. A
    teaspoon of the juice can be enough to give the patient immediate relief
  • Preservation / Curing Technique: N/A
  • Does Require Another Plants to be cooked together: No
  • Souring Agents Required: No

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Contains alkaloids, tannins, and saponins
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps treat cough, diarrhea, and wounds.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Medicinal

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: The leaves are dampened and pounded to extract the juice. A teaspoon of the juice can be enough to give the patient immediate relief.

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Adulsa / अडुळसा / Malabar Nut / Justicia adhatoda L.

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