I had first spotted the White Cobra Headed Flowers borne on a Spike like bouquet at the Arboretum at Sunder Nursery ( do check out my blogs titled  GOLD MEDAL, SUPERSTAR, POWDER PUFF, RED AND WHITE, ROSES ARE RED etc  )   New Delhi.

However it was even more fascinating to see these  Evergreen Medicinal Herbs grow Wild on the Hills and Walkways at Rishikesh, Uttrakhand, India.

The Shrub of the Malabar Nut ( English) , Vasak ( Sanskrit), Adusa ( Hindi) , Adhatoda Vasica ( Scientific Name) is Native to the Indian Sub Continent.

The picture below was taken along the uphill walk  to the 13 Storied Bhootnath Temple at Rishikesh. ( do see the Calf and little boy to the Left of the Gigantic tree)

evergreen herb
Growing Wild on the Himalyan Hills of Rishikish

I will be switching from the Kohi ( Hills of Mud)  MicroHabitat at Sunder Nursery , New Delhi, created to emulate the Original Landscape of Delhi as it existed 600 years ago ,to the cool Natural Habitat in the Himalayan Hills of the Vasak Herb.

Every part of the Malabar Nut Shrub is a Boon for Mankind. The Adusa Shrub is in Fact a LIVING PHARMACY.

herb in sunder nursery
In Bloom at the Kohi Microhabitat, Sunder Nursery

The Flowers are enriched with Sweet Nectar which is much sought after by the pollinators like the Iridescently coloured Crimson Sunbird seen in the picture below. ( do check out my blog titled CRIMSON SUNBIRD).

The Gorgeous  Flowers themselves are a cure for numerous Respiratory diseases like Asthma and Tuberculosis as well.

with sunbird

Spotted with the Flamboyant Crimson Sunbird

The Vasaka Herb is mentioned in the  Charak Sanhita,  a  treatise of  Ancient Indian Medicine ( Ayurveda)   going back to the 1st Century or 2000 years ago .

Various parts of the Herb like the leaves and Roots provide relief from Pain , Ulcers, Inflammations and a plethora of other human ailments.

Do check out the website which details the various Medicinal Uses of this Herb which grows Wild and provides a Free Treatment to All.

The Buds bloom in an orderly fashion, bottom to Top.

the beautiful buds
Spiked Inflorescence


A Single Spiked Bouquet bears all the Stages of the beautiful White Blooms of The Malabar Nut or as I call it the Cobra Headed Flower.

The Stamens remind me of the fangs of a Cobra .

flowers in 3 stages
All the stages of the Medicinal Flower

While being attracted by these uniquely shaped Blossoms am also fascinated as to how Ancient Ayurveda Systems derive practical treatments from Nature itself.

Ayurveda, the Ancient Indian Medicinal System followed a different thought process, whereby  Natural Medicines were available FREE.

Is it not an Enchanting concept in today’s age of Patents , Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices ?



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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

30 thoughts on “LIVING PHARMACY”

  1. Once again, a beautiful way to start my morning in rainy Portland. The white cobra headed flower is spectacular. I love the crimson sunbird…so colorful. The photography and the narrative are great too. I applaud your patience in taking the time to go out and enjoy these beautiful gifts of nature. I am seeing my friends from India in a few weeks. It will be fun to share your blog with them. Happiness to you. Lori

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  2. One of the highlights of my India trip this year was wandering through the Amrita Herbal Garden at Amma’s Ayurvedic College. The plants were beautiful and knowing that they were medicinal as well made them even more interesting.

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