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Holy Basil (tulsi) in the prevention and treatment of cancer

May 26, 2013

Scientific studies have shown that Holy Basil or Tulsi possesses antiinflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, hypolipidemic, antistress, and immunomodulatory activities. Studies have also shown that Tulsi and some of its phytochemicals eugenol, rosmarinic acid, apigenin, myretenal, luteolin, β-sitosterol, and carnosic acid prevented chemical-induced skin, liver, oral, and lung cancers and to mediate these effects by increasing the antioxidant activity, altering the gene expressions, inducing apoptosis, and inhibiting angiogenesis and metastasis.

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The aqueous extract of Tulsi and its flavanoids, orintin, and vicenin are shown to protect  against γ-radiation-induced sickness and mortality and to selectively protect the normal tissues against the tumoricidal effects of radiation (animal studies). The other important phytochemicals like eugenol, rosmarinic acid, apigenin, and carnosic acid are also shown to prevent radiation-induced DNA damage.

A review by Baliga et al summarises the results related to the chemopreventive and radioprotective properties of Tulsi and also emphasizes aspects that warrant future research to establish its activity and utility in cancer prevention and treatment.

Holy Basil (Tulsi)Ocimum sanctum is a key ingredient of the herbal Green Tea infusions hand-crafted by the Wise Herb Company.

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