TULASI A TRADITIONAL MEDICINAL PLANT IN AYURVEDA

- Prof. Vaidya Suresh Chaturvedi
Mumbai, India

 


Tulasi is a well-known plant from ancient time for its medicinal uses and holistic property. In India it is well known by the name of Tulasi or Basil. It is not only found all over India but also in New Guinea, Ethiopia, Abyssinia, Brazil, Japan, Burma, China, Laos, America, Singapore Fiji etc.

Basil plant occupies a significant place in Hindu religion. No worship is complete without Basil. It is useful in all steps of life from cradle to grave.

In Ayurvedic medicine, basil is known as Tulasi and it is widely used in various forms like entire leaves and plant, juice decoction, dried leaves etc. In India, basil is perhaps the most sacred plant, next to the lotus. The scent of basil is conducive to meditation, and the plant is often used in magic.

Basil is an annual plant; its thin, branching root produces bushy stems growing from 1-2 feet high and bearing opposite, ovate, entire or toothed leaves which are often purplish-hued. The two-lipped flowers, varying in color from white to red, sometimes with a tinge of purple, grow in racemes from June to September. The plant is very aromatic. The leaves of Basils are generally useful for holistic purpose but for medicinal purpose leaves, seeds, stems and roots are useful. Basil has many varieties but mainly three are well known viz. Green, Black (Shyama) and Vanatulsi. The green is very common and known as Ocimum album, black is known as Ocimum sanctum and Vanatulsi is known as

That dose not tolerates its own illustration due to being matchless. The plant is also known as Surasa because it is a juicy plant. It is easily available in village so it is known as Sulabha, Suramaya . It is a holistic plant by its sight only the demonic disease or sins vanishes away, so it is Apata Rakshati.

PROPERTIES AND INDICATIONS :

Tulasi is bitter and slightly astringent in taste, it is hot in potency. According to Ayurveda it cures disorders of vata and Kapha. It shows antispasmodic, antidepressant, antiseptic, stimulant, tonic, febrifuge, diaphoretic, nervine, antibacterial, expectorant, appetizer, carminative, galactagogue, and stomachic properties. It is useful for respiratory tract diseases, digestive system disorders; it improves the blood circulations so helpful in cardiac diseases.

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USE OF TULASI IN VARIOUS DISEASES :

Tulasi leaves can give relief in cardiac pain, low blood pressure. It is a stimulant and helps in maintain the blood pressure and cures cardiac problems.

Fever of any origin like malarial, fever due to influenza, cold or fever with pain in ribs, one should take juice of 10 to 12 basil leaves with honey three times a day.

Cold and cough - Juice of basil leaves along with ginger and betel leaf juice mixed in honey taken twice or thrice a day is beneficial.

For extreme cough one should add a pinch of black pepper powder with little black salt in above mixture.

To maintain the health one can take 10 to 15 basil leaves powder or juice along with honey.

Worms in children 10 Tulasi leaves are given along with jaggery regularly for 15 days to control formation of worms in abdomen.

Liver disorders regular intake of juice of 15 to 20 Basil leaves mixed in Gwarpatha (Aloe Vera) is useful.

R ingworm , the juice mixed with camphor to be applied daily on the affected part twice daily.

Epilepsy the nasal drops, of Tulasi leaves and black salt can be useful.

Stomachache a decoction made up of 15 Tulasi leaves with rock salt used twice a day is very effective.

 

Asthma : - The above decoction with little thyme gives immediate relief

Diarrhea : - 10 seeds of Tulasi mixed with curd taken twice or thrice a day is useful.

T oothache the mixture of Tulasi leaves and clove powder on teeth for instant relief.

Infertility After menstruation 4 th to 9 th of Days, Tulasi seeds 1 gm powder and jaggery with cow's milk taken in the morning empty stomach can be beneficial.

Cancer: - The black Tulasi is useful in various diseases like malignancy of throat, respiratory system, digestive system, liver, and other organs.

For all types of cancer regular intake of powder of 5 to 20 Basil leaves is useful.

Apart from curative effect Basil is useful in epidemic diseases, influenza, malaria, typhoid, small pox, chicken pox, measles etc, and it has got main role in controlling air pollution

These are some useful remedies, which are mentioned here for the general uses. But there are many other specific uses of Tulsi, which depend on practitioners of their own experience, apart from the literature.
We, at present are studying the use of Tulasi in following two conditions:

•  Malignancy

•  Diabetes

Our preliminary results in above conditions using Tulasi leaves and juice are encouraging.

We would like to present the data on above when number of patients treated becomes sizable.

A patient suffering from throat cancer was admitted in the hospital and due to cobalt rays treatment his voice was silent and he was unable to take anything. After hospitalization I gave him fresh 11 Tulasi leaves grinded regularly early in the morning. During the treatment his voice became clearer, his burning sensation stopped and he started taking food. After becoming all right he left the hospital for his native place within a month.

Another patient aged 65 years was suffering from liver malignancy admitted in Bombay hospital for surgery. When he approach to me I found that he is pale, and having loss of appetite, fever, giddiness and urinary tact disorders. I started giving him Tulasi leaves grinded with garges water daily in the morning. Some subsidiary medicines were also given. After to months of treatment he became all right and returned to his native place.

A woman had malignancy in the intestines. She was unable to take liquids also. Surgery was suggested to her, but she came to me for the treatment. I started her Tulasi leaves therapy and after a month she became allright.

I wish to quote miraculous examples-

An experiment was done during sun-eclipse. Food was kept separately. One covered with Basil leaves and another kept open. After the eclipse it was found that the food not covered with Basil leaves spoiled and lost food values, while the food covered with basil leaves was good and hygienic. The whole process is shown in documentary film in Bengal.

 

CONCLUSION :

In these few words I wish to say that Basil plant, as a total is a very effective remedy on the above-mentioned diseases. Other than these few selective examples still I am working on different types of malignancy.

OBSERVATIONS AND RESULTS

 

SEX

AGE (YRS)

TOTAL

20 TO 40

41 TO 60

61 TO 86

Male

5

13

2

20

Female

5

10

5

20

Total

10

23

7

40

PARTS OF BODY

Sex

Head

Throat

Chest

Liver

Uterus

Spine

Rectum

Others

Total

Male

3

8

2

1

-

1

5

3

23

Female

-

3

-

2

6

1

3

2

17

Total

3

11

2

3

6

2

8

5

40

Others

Blood cancer -1

Tongue cancer - 1

Skin cancer - 2

Prostate gland cancer - 1

 

RESULTS

Sex

Excellent

Good

Fair

Under treatment

Total

Male

9

8

5

4

26

Female

2

6

4

2

14

Total

11

14

9

6

40

From above results I am very confident that Basil leaves are very useful in different conditions and several diseases.

It is also very effective on air environment of population. Therefore our Indian mythology believes that due to sacred influence one escape and untimely death, and it destroys all evil.

USEFUL FORMS OF TULSI :

Juice, Leaves, Dried Powder