Therapeutic aspects and high medicinal values of TULSI

Tulsi has therapeutic and great spiritual value in Hinduism. It is well known throughout South Asia as a medicinal plant and a natural tea. medicinal uses of plants are safe, effective and more economical.

By Rabiya Arif, Sidra Niamat, Nida Maqsood, Rizwana Imdad, Iqra Maryam, Athar Mahmood, Safura bibi, Maria Naqve

In this review paper we have discussed the therapeutic potential and medicinal impact from Tulsi and its organic parts; their usage in prevention of different disease including Anti cancerous, antibiotics, antioxidant, stress resilient and anti-diabetic activities. Medicinal use of Tulsi in preventing from cough, fever, sniffing etc. is also studied.


Plants considered to be the principle, economic and ancient source of medicine. Historic literature defined Ocimum sanctum as sacred and medicinal plant normally referred to as “Tulsi” derived from Sanskrit meaning the incomparable one, originate from the family “lamiaceae”. Tulsi is an aromatic bush growing up-to the height of 1.5 meter. “Tulsi” has therapeutic and great spiritual value in Hinduism. It is well known throughout South Asia as a medicinal plant and a natural tea. medicinal uses of plants are safe, effective and more economical. scientific research has confirmed that Ocimum sanctum has excess of pharmacological and botanical activities. The chemical composition of Tulsi is exceptionally complicated, containing many nutrients and other biological compounds. These constituents appreciably vary with storage, time and cultivation method.

Chemical composition of Tulsi

Eugenol, cardinene, cubenol, borneol, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, steric acid, Vallinin, Vicenin, Vitexin, Orientin, Circineol, Gallic Acid, vitamin A, vitamin C, phosphorus and iron.

Ocimum sanctum has been displayed to have diverse therapeutic properties such pain-relieving action, against ulcer action, anti-arthritic movement, immunomodulatory movement, anti-asthmatic action, anti-fertility action, anticancer action, anticonvulsant action, anti-diabetic movement, antihyperlipidemic action, calming action, cancer prevention agent action, anti stress action as well as having valuable memory enhancer and neuroprotective action. Active ingredients from Tulsi showed calming properties and furthermore assume a part in adjustment of both cell and humeral invulnerability. Plant shows mending properties in hepatic injury and gastric ulcer. It eases from pressure, reestablish and further develop body resistance and absorption.

Medicinal uses

Leaves, stem, seed, flowers from Tulsi are known to have many therapeutic potentials and used by medical practitioners. Plant is generally utilized in different conventional and society frameworks of medication in Southeast Asia. Fine powdered leaves in slurry are really great for skin; it tends to be utilized what’s more applied topically. It is likewise utilized for treatment of skin problems, tingling and issues like ring-worms. Its leaf removes or then again new green leaves are utilized into teas or can be had crude, powdered, glue or in structure home grown enhancements. It behaves like a expansive range anti-toxin and shows antiviral, antibacterial furthermore hostile to cancer-causing efficacy. It is regularly utilized for calming from fever, cerebral pain, sore throat, cold, hack, influenza, furthermore chest blockage. Tulsi tea or Kara is exceptionally compelling in dealing with respiratory infirmities like ongoing bronchitis. It assuages from pressure, reestablish and improve body invulnerability and digestion.

Tulsi is a fundamental ingredient in the arrangement of Ayurvedic cough syrups. Heated water leaf extricate is profoundly helpful in disposing of cold and influenza. The decoction arranged by blending honey, ginger, and Tulsi leaves is very useful in battling bronchitis, flu and asthma. A hot blend of Tulsi leaves is seen as amazingly useful during the stormy season, also give prompt alleviation in chilly, sniffling nose, fever and dengue. The juice extricated from Tulsi leaves is normally gave to cut down high fever. Tulsi leaves are broadly utilized because of their recuperating power. Tulsi blended in milk is given to kids during measles disease. Laung, Tulsi leaves and Kishmish is the most well-known combination given with cow milk and khichdi is an exceptional dietary consideration during the invasion of measles to their kids.

Pharmaceutical aspect 

Stress resilience

The plant Ocimum sanctum has been found to have adaptogenic properties when tried against a battery of tests in mice and rodents. Basil leaves increment the ability to adapt, adjust to testing conditions also bear the cost of huge assurance against stress (adaptogenic). Indeed, even sound individual can bite 12 leaves of basil, double a day to forestall pressure.

Antibiotic property

Extracted oil from the leaves of Ocimum sanctum L. has been found to repress development of E. coli, B. anthracis and P. aeruginosa in-vitro, showing its antibacterial action. Ocimum sanctum additionally has antifungal action against Aspergillus Niger and fluid concentrate of it was viewed as successful in patients going through viral encephalitis. In the treatment of ring worm contaminations, Tulsi leaves glue is without a doubt observed to be very successful. Tulsi has huge regular antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal exercises and is useful in treating numerous genuine foundational illnesses, just as confined diseases.

Anti-cancerous activity

The concentrate of Tulsi and its profile natural constituents, i.e., flavonoids, orintin, and vicenin are displayed to protect mice against γ-radiation-prompted infection and decreased the mortality. It specifically ensures the typical tissues against the tumoricidal impacts of radiation. The other significant phytochemicals, for example, eugenol, rosmarinic corrosive, apigenin, furthermore carnosic corrosive are additionally displayed to forestall radiation-actuated DNA damage. Tulsi plant has both chemo preventive what’s more radio-protective impacts and saw as exceptionally powerful in disease counteraction and treatment. Plant has anti-neoplastic impacts and it tends to be utilized for the avoidance and also for therapy of human disease. Leaf extricates directed orally (200mg/kg, p.o.) brought about a decrease in tumor volume, expansion in normal body weight, and endurance pace of mice.


The concentrate of O. sanctum L. was found to be the cause of increment in the action of antioxidant. Oral taking care of likewise gives huge leaver and aortic tissue assurance from hypercholesterolemia-instigated peroxidative harm. The phenolic compounds, viz., irsilineol, cirsimaritin, isothymusin, apigenin and rosmarinic corrosive, and considerable amounts of eugenol (a significant part of the volatile oil) from OS concentrate of new leaves and stems had great cancer prevention agent movement. [30] The cancer prevention agent limit of natural ointments got by steam hydro refining from O. sanctum L. was assessed utilizing a high- performance fluid chromatography (HPLC) based hypoxanthine/xanthine oxidase and DPPH (1,1-Diphenyl-2- picrylhydrazyl) tests.



Flowers and also verdant parts can be utilized in elective dietary treatment primarily for managing diabetes on the grounds and that these inhibit carbs hydrolyzing enzymes. The anti-diabetic impacts of Ethyl acetic acid derivation, Petroleum-ether, and Chloroform portions from ethanolic concentrate of the leaves of OS were examined in typical and alloxan induced diabetic rodents (AIDRs). Organization of these portions to the AIDRs brought about the huge rise of liver glycogen content. In diabetic rodents, SGOT and SGPT levels were essentially raised that were further decreased later i.e., organization of these portions.


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