Justicia adhathoda (ආඩතෝඩා)
Another common herb is Adathoda ir Pavatta or Agaladara in Sinhles.In English it is called the Malabar nut tree and its botanical name is Adathoda Vica. The leaves contain powerful curative valus specially for the treatment of chest diseases. It is special remedy for pthisis or consumption. An infusion of fresh pavatta leaves ,two or three table spoons mixed with one teaspoon of ginger juice and bee’s honey is very effective for the treatment of coughs accompanied by a heavy chast. A decoction prepared with Adathoda roots,Ktuwalbatu (Solanum jacquini) Elabatu, row ginger and Tippli roots(iong pepper) of equal quantities (2 .5 Kalandas) is very effective for sever coughs and for catarrhal fever.
Justicia adhathoda is part of the catalog of ayurvedic medicinal plants of Sri Lanka.