Holy Basil ResearchOctober 21, 2011 Written by JP [Font too small?]
A review in the December 2009 edition of the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology describes Tulsi or holy basil as a traditional herbal remedy with a promising track record in animal and in-vitro studies. The authors of the analysis report numerous medicinal properties including anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory and neuro-protective effects as exhibited in preliminary experiments. The one criticism laid out in the paper is the paucity of data stemming from trials involving human subjects. In the months and years since the review, several human studies have quietly been published in the medical literature.
The latest trial involved a group of 150 volunteers who received either a placebo or 1,200 mg/day of holy basil extract. Over the course of 6 weeks, researchers assessed whether the herbal supplement was more effective than a placebo in alleviating stress in the participants. The results indicate that those receiving holy basil demonstrated a 39% greater reduction in stress related symptoms. Other important findings of late confirm Tulsi’s: a) immune system balancing potential, as evidenced by healthful changes in levels of interleukin-4, natural killer cells and T-helper cells; b) ability to attenuate “generalized anxiety” and “its correlated stress and depression” in young men and women; c) ability to reduce fasting and post-meal blood sugar levels in diabetics by 17.6% and 7.3% respectively. These compelling findings tend to support historical accounts of Tulsi use and the hundreds upon hundreds of modern studies carried out in experimental models of disease.
To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:
Study 1 – The Science Behind Sacredness of Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum Linn.) … (link)
Study 2 – Efficacy of an Extract of Ocimum Tenuiflorum (OciBest) in the … (link)
Study 3 – Double-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial for Immunomodulatory … (link)
Study 4 – Controlled Programmed Trial of Ocimum Sanctum Leaf on Generalized … (link)
Study 5 – Randomized Placebo-Controlled, Single Blind Trial of Holy Basil Leaves … (link)
Holy Basil May Also Protect Against Ionizing Radiation
Source: J Clin Biochem Nutr. 2007 March; 40(2): 74–81. (link)
Tags: Anxiety, Depression, Immune
Posted in Diabetes, Mental Health, Nutritional Supplements