Abortifacient

One of the traditional uses of the herb is as an abortifacient; however, inconsistent results from in vivo studies have made it difficult to determine whether adhatoda has significant abortifacient activity. One study investigating oral administration of leaf extracts showed 100% abortive rates at doses equivalent to 175 mg/kg of starting dry material (Nath et al 1992). Another study found that an Adhatoda vasica extract had anti-implantation activity in 60-70% of test animals (Prakash et al 1985).

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