Adalodakam (Malabar Nut) is an evergreen, perennial shrub has leathery leaves, it grows up to 8 feet tall, commonly found in normal climates of India. Leaves are dark green in colour and with lance-shaped, they are bitter in taste. The trunk has many ascending branches, the bark is yellowish colour, flowers are white and fruits are with club-shaped capsules.
This plant with excellent therapeutic properties is native to Southeast Asia and can be found growing widespread in Kerala. It has been made use of in several Ayurvedic treatments for centuries, because of its Kapha and Pitta combating properties.
Adhatoda is useful for curing coughs, colds and asthma and is easy to administer. It has been used for centuries, and is mentioned in Sanskrit scriptures.