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Holy Basil

Holy Basil


  1. 1. Composition
  2. 2. Healing Properties
    1. 2.1. Adaptogen
    2. 2.2. Analgesic (Pain relief)
    3. 2.3. Antimicrobial
      1. 2.3.1. Antifungal
      2. 2.3.2. Antiviral (anti-viral)
    4. 2.4. Antioxidant
    5. 2.5. Antispasmodic
    6. 2.6. Brain Health
      1. 2.6.1. Attention
      2. 2.6.2. Behavior
      3. 2.6.3. Cerebral Stimulant
      4. 2.6.4. Neuroprotective
    7. 2.7. Cardiovascular Health
      1. 2.7.1. Antilipemic (Lowers Cholesterol)
    8. 2.8. Digestive Aid
    9. 2.9. Expectorant
    10. 2.10. Immunomodulator
    11. 2.11. Oral Health
    12. 2.12. Relaxing (calms nerves)
  3. 3. Disease & Symptom Treatment
    1. 3.1. Allergic rhinitis
    2. 3.2. Anxiety
    3. 3.3. Colds and flu
    4. 3.4. Depression
    5. 3.5. Diabetes
      1. 3.5.1. Insulin resistance
    6. 3.6. Gingivitis
    7. 3.7. Fungal Infections
    8. 3.8. Head Trauma
    9. 3.9. Cardiovascular Disease
      1. 3.9.1. Atherosclerosis
      2. 3.9.2. High Blood Pressure
      3. 3.9.3. High Cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia, Hypercholesterolemia)
    10. 3.10. Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
    11. 3.11. Pain
    12. 3.12. Stress
    13. 3.13. Ulcers
    14. 3.14. Viral Infections
      1. 3.14.1. Herpes virus

Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum syn Ocimum sanctum) is also known as tulsi or tulasi.

Composition

Healing Properties

Adaptogen

Analgesic (Pain relief)

Antimicrobial

Antifungal

Antiviral (anti-viral)

Antioxidant

Antispasmodic

Brain Health

Attention

Tulsi treatment was shown to significantly improve willingness of adjustment and attention in humans.[2]

Behavior

Tulsi has potential actions in the regulation of hypothalamo-hypophyseal-adrenocortical axis (HHA axis) especially, during stress related disorders in humans.[2:1]

Cerebral Stimulant

Neuroprotective

Cardiovascular Health

Antilipemic (Lowers Cholesterol)

Promotes a healthy lipid profile.

Digestive Aid

Expectorant

Immunomodulator

Oral Health

Irrigation with Tulsi extract has beneficial effect on plaque control and gingival health and is at par with the gold standard of chlorhexidine.[3]

Relaxing (calms nerves)

Disease & Symptom Treatment

Allergic rhinitis

Anxiety

Tulsi has good efficacy to negate anxiety related disorders in human subjects.[2:2]

Tulsi may be a promising anxiolytic agent and a safer alternative to Benzodiazepines for the therapy of stress related clinical disorders.[2:3]

  • Tulsi significantly attenuated generalized anxiety disorders and also attenuated its correlated stress and depression.
    • It significantly improved attention and the willingness to adjustment.

Colds and flu

Depression

Depression index was also reduced after two-months of continuous treatment with Tulsi (O. sanctum).[2:4]

Tulsi treatment significantly improved the willingness of adjustment and attention in human subjects.[2:5]

Diabetes

Insulin resistance

Gingivitis

Irrigation with Tulsi extract has beneficial effect on plaque control and gingival health and is at par with the gold standard of chlorhexidine.[3:1]

Fungal Infections

Head Trauma

Holy Basil may help speed up recovery from head trauma.

Cardiovascular Disease

Atherosclerosis

High Blood Pressure

High Cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia, Hypercholesterolemia)

The content of polyphenol compounds such as flavonoids and tannins in basil leaves can reduce total cholesterol levels and inhibit fat oxidation which is the cause of atherosclerosis.[1:4]

Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Tulsi treatment significantly improved the willingness of adjustment and attention in human subjects.[2:6]

Pain

Stress

Tulsi (O. sanctum) has significant anti-stress and anxiolytic properties.[2:7]

Tulsi extract showed overall improvement in stress management.[2:8]

Two-months of regular administration with O. sanctum reduced stress, attenuated anxiety, negated depression and enhanced adjustment and attention in human subjects.[2:9]

  • These observations clearly indicate that O. sanctum has potential action in the regulation of hypothalamo-hypophyseal-adrenocortical axis (HHA axis) especially, during stress related disorders in human.[2:10]

Ulcers

Viral Infections

Herpes virus


  1. Title: A review of medicinal and aromatic plants and their secondary metabolites status under abiotic stress
    Publication: Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies
    Date: April 2019
    Study Type: Review
    Author(s): Andleeb Zehra, Sadaf Choudhary, M Naeem, M Masroor A, Khan and Tariq Aftab
    Institution(s): Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
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  2. Title: Controlled programmed trial of ocimum sanctum leaf on generalized anxiety disorders
    Publication: Journal of Nepal Medical College
    Date: 2008
    Study Type: Human Study, Clinical Case Report
    Author(s): D Bhattacharyya, TK Sur, U Jana, and PK Debnath
    Institution(s): JB Roy State Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, India
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  3. Title: Comparative evaluation of clinical effects of simultaneous ultrasonic scaling and irrigation with medicated water containing 2% Occimum sanctum on gingivitis A Clinical Intervention Study
    Publication: Journal of Advanced Medical and Dental Sciences Research
    Date: June 2019
    Study Type: Human Study, Clinical Case Report
    Author(s): Deepti Gattani, Saurabh Lingala, Grishmi Niswade, Jigyasa Sahu, Nupur Kar
    Institution(s): Swargiya Dadasaheb Kalmegh Smruti Dental College and Hospital, Nagpur, India
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