Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), also known as “Tulsi”, originates in tropical Asia and although relatively new in European medicine, it has been cultivated and used for medicinal purposes in India for over 3,000 years.
Data from research has been obtained covering a wide range of possible therapeutic benefits of Holy Basil, many of which suggest protective actions against common health problems in the contemporary living environment.
Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions have been demonstrated in a number of studies. Eugenol + sulfuric acid contributes significantly to these actions. Ursolic acid is well established as an anti-aging agent that helps maintain skin health and elasticity.
One of the actions of this plant, the strongest supported in clinical trials, is as an adaptogen tonic. The constituents identified as key elements in this adaptogenic action are Ocimumoside A & B. A placebo-controlled clinical trial demonstrated a 39% reduction in stress symptoms in those who took Holy Basil for 6 weeks. There has also been an improvement in memory.
Ocimum has been used traditionally to manage symptoms in diabetes mellitus. Studies have shown to be a protector against lipid peroxidation, suggesting a potential protective effect against diabetic complications including diabetic retinopathy. Also, stimulation of pancreatic insulin release has been reported.
These studies and usage information suggest a potential role as adjuvant the treatment in diabetes.
Anxiolytic effects have been proven in a series of studies including anxiety caused by the withdrawal from alcohol. It can be concluded that Holi Basil can be helpful in cases of people who give up alcohol.
A study of a group of 35 subject patients with generalized anxiety disorder found a reduction in anxiety as well as a mitigation of feelings of stress and depression after 60 days of treatment with Sacral Basil.
The effectiveness of Holy Basil against inflammatory affections extends to liver damage and gastric ulcer. Leaf extracts and the essential oil protect against liver steatosis in animals, and anti-ulcer and anti-secretory actions have been reported in gastric epithelial tissue.
Various antioxidant properties Holy Basil have also been strongly implicated in the neuroprotective effects against neuronal damage caused by hydrogen peroxide.
Provita Nutrition offers the Holy Basil at a concentration of 500 mg per capsule.