As the world scrambles to find a cure for Covid-19, it is important for us to find ways to boost our body’s immune system which may help in minimising the effects and hasten the recovery from the disease. Ayurveda known as the science of life cultivates the gifts of nature and helps in maintaining healthy and happy living. Ayurveda works on the concepts of “Dinacharya” – daily regimes and “Ritucharya”- seasonal regimes to maintain healthy life. It is a plant based science and possesses an extensive knowledge base on preventive care. Research says ayurvedic herbs such as tulsi, vasaka leaves, cinnamon, black pepper and raisins and regular yoga are potent aids to increase the body’s immunity and serve as our saviour against viruses and other germs.
Medicinal plant vasaka or Justicia adhatoda could be a therapeutic option for the management of COVID-19 symptoms. Justicia adhatoda or Vasaka is a well known herbal medicinal plant in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine, a shrub which is widespread throughout the tropical regions of Southeast Asia. Vasaka is studied worldwide for its pharmacological activities and is known for its various actions like antiviral, hepatoprotective, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, antitubercular and antioxidant. Vasaka leaves are very effective in the management of respiratory problems and are used extensively as an immunity booster for Covid-19. They are known as the drug of choice for respiratory diseases in Ayurveda. This product is endorsed by many doctors worldwide.
Its leaves are rich in phyto-chemicals like alkaloids, tannins, saponins, flavonoids and phenolics and are widely used as ayurvedic treatment for viral infections.
Vaccine, quinazoline alkaloid and essential oils also are present within the leaves of this plant. Research shows that the alkaloids obtained for Basaka leaves- anisotine (MD 5) and vasicoline (MD 5) of Justicia adhatoda are very good inhibitors and possess excellent antibacterial activity against many harmful bacterias. The leaves of Vasaka have antiviral & anti-inflammatory properties and play a major role in improving cellular hypoxia in covid-19 patients. A mix of Vasicine and Vasicinone the foremost significant alkaloid present during this plant is Vasicine (from leaves) which achieves the overwhelming majority of its bronchodilatory impact. At low focuses, this compound provides relief from bronchitis and tracheal muscle spasm. The properties of this alkaloid Vasicine have been used in building up its subordinate – the medication Bisolvon.
Vasaka has a substantial carminative and appetite-stimulant property that helps in breaking down food particles within the stomach and intestine and increases the absorption of essential nutrients through the intestines. Justicia adhatoda or Vasaka is frequently in Indian households for the treatment of cold and cough. Justicia adhatoda leaves may be boiled with fresh water and its vapor may be inhaled while the extract may be drunk after proper filtration as a hot health drink. Extensive research shows that Justicia adhatoda leaves extract is a strong remedy for COVID-19 and acts as an excellent immunity enhancer for corona. Vasaka multimodal therapeutic effects and the findings from the survey-based research indicate the potentiality of its use in the management of COVID-19 symptoms.