It is a beautiful looking plant and mostly used in gardens as an ornamental plant but it is also very important plant used as a folk medicine throughout Pakistan.
Justicia adhatoda is a medicinal plant native to Asia. It is abundantly found in Pothohar region of Pakistan.
It is historically used for hundreds of years in Ayurvadic and Unani medicines as an important herb.It is used traditionally for cough, asthma, bronchitis and tuberculosis.
It is said to be the Provincial flower of the Punjab Province.
Its common names are Adhatoda and Malbur Nut.
It leaves are very important. Juice of leaves is used in rheumatism and fevers. Leaves are used in chest
diseases, pneumonia, asthma and tuberculosis. Leaves are used to reduce the swelling.
Justicia adhatoda is also usually used as abortifacient to control birth rate in initial stages of Pregnancy.
All photographs are taken by me from my home garden in Multan.