Tulsi or Holy Basil has always been considered a wonder herb that has the properties to keep illness away. Now, with the new H1N1 virus scare, the herb's anti-viral property is being discovered by health experts across the world, claim Ayurvedic doctors.
"Tulsi improves the body's overall defence mechanism including its ability to fight viral diseases. It was successfully used in combating Japanese Encephalitis and the same theory applies to swine flu," Dr U K Tiwari, a herbal medicine practitioner says.
The herb will not only act as a preventive medicine but also help the affected person heal faster by speeding up the recovery process, Dr Timari added.
Speaking on Tulsi's capability to control the flu, Dr Bhupesh Patel, a lecturer at Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar said, "Tulsi can control swine flu and it should be taken in fresh form. Juice or paste of at least 20-25 medium sized leaves should be consumed twice a day on an empty stomach."
Informing that Tulsi increases the resistance of the body and, thereby, reduces the chances of contracting swine flu, Patil said that the dosage that a person must ingest will depend on the severity of the flu.
"Three varieties of Tulsi leaves - Krishna (Ocimum sanctum), Vana (Ocimum gratissimum) and Katuki (Picrorriza kurroa) improve cell mediated immunity. These are anti-viral agents and improve body's resistance against various diseases including swine flu," Dr Patel added.
With the recent revelations of the extreme side effects of the anti-viral drug, Tamiflu that is being administered in the hospitals Tulsi is a much safer alternative.